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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Prisoner - Leonardo Da Vinci - www.leonardoda-vinci.org
Prisoner
Madonna of the Rocks, Scene Mary with baby Jesus, John... - Leonardo Da Vinci - www.leonardoda-vinci.org
Madonna of the Rocks, Scene Mary with baby Jesus, John...
Study Of Water - Leonardo Da Vinci - www.leonardoda-vinci.org
Study Of Water
Study Of The Madonna And Child With A Cat - Leonardo Da Vinci - www.leonardoda-vinci.org
Study Of The Madonna And Child With A Cat
Heads of Sts Thomas and James the Greater - Leonardo Da Vinci - www.leonardoda-vinci.org
Heads of Sts Thomas and James the Greater
Portrait of a noblewoman - Leonardo Da Vinci - www.leonardoda-vinci.org
Portrait of a noblewoman
Study for the Last Supper 2 - Leonardo Da Vinci - www.leonardoda-vinci.org
Study for the Last Supper 2
Virgin of the Rocks (detail) 4 - Leonardo Da Vinci - www.leonardoda-vinci.org
Virgin of the Rocks (detail) 4
Study Of Proportion - Leonardo Da Vinci - www.leonardoda-vinci.org
Study Of Proportion
Caricature 3 - Leonardo Da Vinci - www.leonardoda-vinci.org
Caricature 3
Study of horses for the Battle of Anghiari 1503-04 - Leonardo Da Vinci - www.leonardoda-vinci.org
Study of horses for the Battle of Anghiari 1503-04
Study of St Anne, Mary, the Christ Child and the young... - Leonardo Da Vinci - www.leonardoda-vinci.org
Study of St Anne, Mary, the Christ Child and the young...
Study of a woman's head - Leonardo Da Vinci - www.leonardoda-vinci.org
Study of a woman's head
Mona Lisa (detail) 3 - Leonardo Da Vinci - www.leonardoda-vinci.org
Mona Lisa (detail) 3
Study for the Madonna with the Fruit Bowl c. 1478 - Leonardo Da Vinci - www.leonardoda-vinci.org
Study for the Madonna with the Fruit Bowl c. 1478
Study of an Old Man's Profile - Leonardo Da Vinci - www.leonardoda-vinci.org
Study of an Old Man's Profile
Baptism(detail) 1 - Leonardo Da Vinci - www.leonardoda-vinci.org
Baptism(detail) 1
The Battle of Anghiari (detail 2) 1503-05 - Leonardo Da Vinci - www.leonardoda-vinci.org
The Battle of Anghiari (detail 2) 1503-05
Study for the Trivulzio Equestrian Monument (1)  1508... - Leonardo Da Vinci - www.leonardoda-vinci.org
Study for the Trivulzio Equestrian Monument (1) 1508...
The Virgin and Child with St Anne (detail) 4 - Leonardo Da Vinci - www.leonardoda-vinci.org
The Virgin and Child with St Anne (detail) 4
Mona Lisa (detail) 2 - Leonardo Da Vinci - www.leonardoda-vinci.org
Mona Lisa (detail) 2
Study for the Last Supper 3 - Leonardo Da Vinci - www.leonardoda-vinci.org
Study for the Last Supper 3
Study of battles on horseback 1503-04 - Leonardo Da Vinci - www.leonardoda-vinci.org
Study of battles on horseback 1503-04
Study for the Trivulzio monument (2)  1508-12 - Leonardo Da Vinci - www.leonardoda-vinci.org
Study for the Trivulzio monument (2) 1508-12

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