Da Vinci HD

App review by
Erin Bell, Common Sense Media
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Virtual museum of Da Vinci's complete works.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn to recognize and name some of the Leonardo da Vinci's works. They'll see works such as "Annunciation" from his learning years in Verrocchio's workshop; paintings such as "Mona Lisa" and "The Last Supper" from his professional years; his lost painting, "The Battle of Anghiari"; and some of his sketches including head studies, studies of paintings, and anatomical studies. Seeing the works is impressive, though this is by no means a complete collection, and more background than Wikipedia links would be more educational. With more detailed information, Da Vinci HD could be a truly rich learning resource, but it lacks depth as is.

Ease of Play

Works are grouped into 11 categories and can be viewed as thumbnails for easy reference.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is a complete, easy-to-navigate collection of works with high-resolution visuals that would make a great companion to learning about art history. There is frequent nudity portrayed in the works, but always in an artistic context or for the purpose of anatomical study.

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Teen, 13 years old Written bydr duck July 16, 2010

Is it any good?

DA VINCI HD is the complete collection of the paintings, sketches, studies, and sculptures of Leonardo Da Vinci, grouped into 11 themed categories including Maps and Architecture, Anatomical Studies, and Nature. The app provides key information for each piece (such as title, year painted, and materials used) and includes links to relevant Wikipedia entries where applicable. Although the app might have benefited from truly authoritative texts to put each piece in the proper historical and artistic context, it's still a wonderful reference tool.

App details

  • Device: iPad
  • Subjects: Arts: drawing, painting
  • Skills: Tech Skills: using and applying technology
  • Price: $.99
  • Subscription price: iOS 3.0 or later
  • Release date: June 4, 2010
  • Category: Education
  • Size: 60.50 MB
  • Publisher: Boram Kim
  • Version: 1.0

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