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Leonardo da Vinci was an artist, scientist and inventor during the Italian Renaissance. He is considered by many to be one of the most talented and intelligent people of all time. The term Renaissance Man (someone who does many things very well) was coined from Leonardo's many talents and is today used to describe people who resemble da Vinci.


Where was Leonardo da Vinci born?

Leonardo was born in the town of Vinci, Italy on April 15, 1452. Not much is known about his childhood other than that his father was wealthy and had a number of wives. About the age of 14 he became an apprentice to a famous artist named Verrocchio. This is where he learned about art, drawing, painting and more.

Leonardo the Artist

Leonardo da Vinci is regarded as one of the greatest artists in history. He excelled in many areas including drawing, painting and sculpture. Although we don't have a lot of his paintings today, he is probably most famous for his paintings and also gained great fame during his own time due to his paintings. Two of his most famous paintings, and perhaps two of the most famous in the world, include the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper.

Leonardo's drawings are also quite extraordinary. He would keep journals full of drawings and sketches, often of different subjects that he was studying. Some of his drawings were previews to later paintings, some were studies of anatomy, some were closer to scientific sketches. One famous drawing is the Vitruvian Man. It is a picture of man who has perfect proportions based off the notes from the Roman architect Vitruvius. Other famous drawings include a design for a flying machine and a self portrait. 


Anatomical drawing of hand and arm
Design for flying maching

Leonardo da Vinci

Occupation: Artist, Inventor,Scientist

Born: April 15, 1452 in Vinci,Italy

Died: May 2, 1519 in Amboise, Kingdom of France

Famous works: Mona Lisa, The Last Supper, The Vitruvian Man 

Style/Period: High Renaissance


Fun Facts about Leonardo da Vinci


* The term Renaissance Man means someone who is good at everything. Leonardo is considered to be the ultimate Renaissance Man.

*Some people claim he invented the bicycle.

* He was very logical and used a process like the scientific method when investigating a subject.

* His Vitruvian Man is on the Italian Euro coin. Only around 15 of his paintings are still around.

* The Mona Lisa is also called “La Giaconda” meaning the laughing one.

* Unlike some artists, Leonardo was very famous for his paintings while he was still alive. It's only recently that we've realized what a great scientist and inventor he was.


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