Leonardo da Vinci
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Leonardo da Vinci at Villa Tuscany
Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci (April 15, 1452 – May 2, 1519) is for many the quintessential Renaissance man, with his remarkable ability for invention and discovery. Nothing escaped Leonardo’s curiosity and observation: he was an Italian painter, architect, sculptor, scientist, engineer, inventor, writer, mathematician, musician, anatomist and botanist. Born in the village of Vinci near Florence, he was the the illegitimate son of a notary, Piero da Vinci, and a peasant woman, Caterina. From a young age Leonardo was trained in the workshop of the successful Florentine painter and sculptor Verrocchio. Beyond Florence, he spent his career traveling from Milan, Rome, Bologna and Venice. His last years however were passed in France, honored by working for King Francis I.
Despite his various interests, today Leonardo is renowned above all as a painter. Two of his paintings - the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper - are among the most famous paintings of all time. Furthermore Leonardo's drawing of the Vitruvian Man has become a cultural icon and reproduced the world over. Only a few of his paintings survive today; fortunately his famous notebooks, which feature drawings, observations, diagrams and his personal thoughts, preserve his thinkings and have helped diffuse his ideas over the centuries. Besides artistic ability, Leonardo is renowned for his scientific contributions: he advanced the state of knowledge in the fields of optics, civil engineering, hydrodynamics and anatomy.
Leonardo’s technological ingenuity is also acclaimed. His notebooks contain designs for a tank, a helicopter, a calculator, solar power, the double hull and a basic theory of plate tectonics. Sadly few of his inventions were constructed or considered during Leonardo’s lifetime, though some proved viable and were later used with success, such as the automated bobbin winder. Many of his imagined inventions and machines have been reconstructed and are now displayed in a museum in Vinci.