Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci (April 15, 1452 – May 2, 1519) was an Italian polymath, having been a scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, painter, sculptor, architect, botanist, musician and writer. Born as the illegitimate son of a notary, Piero da Vinci, and a peasant girl, Caterina, at Vinci in the region of Florence, Leonardo was educated in the studio of the renowned Florentine painter, Verrocchio. Much of his earlier working life was spent in the service of Ludovico il Moro in Milan. He later worked in Rome, Bologna and Venice, spending his final years in France at the home given to him by King François I.

Leonardo has often been described as the archetype of the "Renaissance man", a man whose seemingly infinite curiosity was equalled only by his powers of invention. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest painters of all time and perhaps the most diversely talented person ever to have lived.

It is primarily as a painter that Leonardo was and is renowned. Two of his works, the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper occupy unique positions as the most famous, most reproduced and most parodied portrait and religious painting of all time, their fame approached only by Michelangelo's Creation of Adam. Leonardo's drawing of the Vitruvian Man is also iconic. Perhaps fifteen of his paintings survive, the small number due to his constant, and frequently disastrous, experimentation with new techniques, and his chronic procrastination. Nevertheless, these few works together with his notebooks, which contain drawings, scientific diagrams, and his thoughts on the nature of painting, comprise a contribution to later generations of artists only rivalled by that of his contemporary, Michelangelo.

As an engineer, Leonardo's ideas were vastly ahead of his time. He conceptualised a helicopter, a tank, concentrated solar power, a calculator, the double hull and outlined a rudimentary theory of plate tectonics. Relatively few of his designs were constructed or were even feasible 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 unheralded.[d] As a scientist, he greatly advanced the state of knowledge in the fields of anatomy, civil engineering, optics, and hydrodynamics. (From Wikipedia)
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The Baptism of Christ (detail) 1472-75 - Leonardo Da Vinci - www.leonardoda-vinci.org
The Baptism of Christ (detail) 1472-75
Canal Bridge - Leonardo Da Vinci - www.leonardoda-vinci.org
Canal Bridge
Leda and the Swan 1503-07 - Leonardo Da Vinci - www.leonardoda-vinci.org
Leda and the Swan 1503-07
Drapery for a seated figure - Leonardo Da Vinci - www.leonardoda-vinci.org
Drapery for a seated figure
Deluge Over A City - Leonardo Da Vinci - www.leonardoda-vinci.org
Deluge Over A City
Virgin and Child with St. Anne and the Infant of St... - Leonardo Da Vinci - www.leonardoda-vinci.org
Virgin and Child with St. Anne and the Infant of St...
Skis With Which One Can Walk On Water - Leonardo Da Vinci - www.leonardoda-vinci.org
Skis With Which One Can Walk On Water
Head of a Woman 1510-11 - Leonardo Da Vinci - www.leonardoda-vinci.org
Head of a Woman 1510-11
Portrait of Ginevra de Benci - Leonardo Da Vinci - www.leonardoda-vinci.org
Portrait of Ginevra de Benci
Study for the Composition of the Last Supper - Leonardo Da Vinci - www.leonardoda-vinci.org
Study for the Composition of the Last Supper
Siege Defenses 2 - Leonardo Da Vinci - www.leonardoda-vinci.org
Siege Defenses 2
Heads of an old man and a youth - Leonardo Da Vinci - www.leonardoda-vinci.org
Heads of an old man and a youth

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