Leonardo De Vinci

was an Italian Renaissance polymath: painter, sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer.


Leonardo di ser Piero de Vinci lived from April 15, 1452 – May 2, 1519. Arguably the most intelligent man his genius was undeniable. As a child he received no education. He was the epitomy Renaissance humanist ideal. Leonardo has often been described as the archetype of the Renaissance Man, a man of "unquenchable curiosity" and "feverishly inventive imagination." He is widely considered to be one of the greatest painters of all time and the most diversely talented person ever to have lived. The scope and depth of his interests were without precedent and "his mind and personality seem to us superhuman, the man himself mysterious." Born from Piero da Vinci, and a peasant woman, in Vinci a small town within the region of Florence, Leonardo was educated in the studio of the renowned Florentine painter, Verrocchio. He later worked in Rome, Bolognaand Venice, and he spent his last years in France at the home awarded him by Francis I.


The Vitruvian Man came notes based on the work of the architect Vitruvius. The drawing, which is in pen and ink on paper, its a male figure in two positions with his arms and legs apart in a circle and square. The drawing and text are sometimes called the Canon of Proportions or, less often, Proportions of Man. It is stored in the Galeria dell'Accademia in Venice, Italy, and, like most works on paper, is displayed only occasionally.

Leonardo is most known as a painter. Among his works, the Mona Lisa, the most famous portrait ever and The Last Supper the most reproduced religious painting of all time, with their fame approached only by Michelangelo's The Creation of Adam. Leonardo's drawing of the Vitruvian Man is also regarded as a cultural icon, being reproduced on items from coins to T-shirts. fifteen of his paintings survive, the small number because of his frequently disastrous, experiment with new techniques. These few works, together with his notebooks, which contain drawings, scientific diagrams, and his thoughts on the nature of painting, make a contribution to later generations of artists rivaled only by, Michelangelo. Leonardo is also known for his technological genius. He had designs for a flying machines, a tank, concentrated solar power, an adding machine, and the double hull, also outlining the theory of plate tectonics. Most of his designs weren't ever made or were even possible during his lifetime, but some of his smaller inventions, such as an automated bobbin winder and a machine for testing the tensile strength of wire, entered the world of manufacturing. As well as all that he also made important discoveries in anatomy, civil engineering, optics, and hydrodynamics, but he did not publish his findings and they had no direct influence on later science.

The Mona Lisa is a half-length portrait of a woman which has been acclaimed as "the best known, the most visited, the most written about, the most sung about, the most parodied work of art in the world." The painting, thought to be a portrait of Lisa Gherardini, the wife of Francesco del Giocondo, is in oil painting and is believed to have been painted between 1503 and 1506, although Leonardo may have continued working on it as late as 1517. It was aquired by King Francis I and is now the property of the french, and on permanent display at the Louve museum in Paris.


Leonardo De Vinci's effect on the world today is more profound and impactful then an other man or women passed. He influenced everything from art to science and everything in between. Many of his drawings and notes have been discovered. He pioneered my new ideas and techniques still used today, he was a true marvel of his time. He inspired inventors and artist hundreds of years later invented things like planes, helicopters, cars and even inveted the parachute himself. Unfortunately a very large portion of his notes were lost or destroyed, so he could have had an even greater impact then he already has had. He has inspired new things in not only notes and inventions but art and the human body. He was way ahead of his time and undoubtably one of the most intelligent men to ever live.

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