Pavia, Italy

Another place where Leonardo da Vinci got his influence was Pavia. Him and di Giogio traveled there to oversee the construction process of a new cathedral after the people heard about their work being done in Milan. The facade was created in a way that matched da Vinci's design tastes: symmetrical layout and appearance that looked simple and balanced. However, this was where both da Vinci and di Giorgio found a copy of Vetruvius's works that inspired his humanistic ideas to be implemented in church design.

Source: Isaacson, Walter. Leonardo Da Vinci. Simon & Schuster, 2017.


Latitude: 45.184724800000
Longitude: 9.158206900000

Timeline of Events Associated with Pavia, Italy

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da Vinci Church Sketches

circa. 1487

Architecture - da Vinci and Humanism

Leonardo da Vinci was inspired to create church drawings after Milan's authorities wanted someone to design a tower for the cathedral. Influenced by the works of both Bramante and di Giorgio, he drew numerous designs that placed emphasis not only on symmetry using geometric shapes, but on the connection between human and nature. These ideas stem from the mind of a Roman architect named Vitruvius. He is most notable for The Vitruvian Man, which states that the human, who is perfectly inscribed in a circle and a square, fits a certain ratio that universally exists in nature. da Vinci's own version of The Vitruvian Man represents those ideas but is mathematically more accurate in its depiction. His church sketches were indicative of the ideas of humanism intertwined with mathematics as the church layout resembles that of a human body, which can be inferred that the church is universally connected with nature.


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