Leonardo da Vinci
Possibly the Greatest Man to Have Lived
A Little Bit of Information.....
Leonardo was born in 1452 and was an illegitimate son of a notary and a peasant woman raised in Tuscany and born in da Vinci. He worked as a painter, inventor, designer, architect, scientist, and as an engineer. Not to mention he made several invaluable contributions to the study of the human anatomy. Leonardo da Vinci can be easily considered the poster-child of the Renaissance period as an enlightened thinker and a jack-of-all trades. Remarkably, he was also most likely homosexual and in a relationship with his assistant named Salai, who he left "The Mona Lisa" to when he died. Leonardo da Vinci can be easily considered the poster-child of the Renaissance period as an enlightened thinker and a jack-of-all trades. It is hard to oppose the notion that he is one of the most influential and most successful men to have lived in all of history. His works are still highly revered to and studied to this day and used as inspiration.
His Contributions to the World of Art
When Leonardo was 14, he was apprenticed to a Florentine painter named Verrocchio who taught Leonardo many different skills and abilities. When Leonardo reached the age of 20, he set up his own workshop and traveled for many years for enlightenment. He is most noted to this day in art for creating the masterpieces "The Last Supper" in 1498, "St. John the Baptist", and "The Mona Lisa" in 1503-1507. These works of art are still masterpieces for the ages to this day and are showcased in Paris. They have been said to influence and enlighten millions of people throughout the course of time, only getting more popular with age.
Leonardo's Genious of Science and Engineering
Leonardo spent many years traveling all across Italy and Rome. On these travels he would get inspired with ideas for inventions that were far away from existence in his time period. Leonardo drew blue prints for such inventions as helicopters, primitive tanks, the concept of solar power, calculators, garrisons, cannons, moveable barricades, and countless other things. His ingenious designs were proven, in today's age, to have actually worked for the most part. It is almost unfathomable as to how his mind was able to perceive ideas that actually work so many hundreds of years before they were brought to life. However, he never actually built any of his blueprints. Leonardo is also equally famous for being a terrible procrastinator and never finishing anything.
"The Mona Lisa"
Painted between the years of 1503 and 1507
"The Last Supper"
Painted in 1498
"St. John the Baptist"
A painting of his assistant, Salai, from 1513-1516.