Leonardo da Vinci

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Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci was an architect, musician, engineer, author, artist, scientist and inventor. He sketched the first parachute, first helicopter, first aeroplane, first tank, first repeating rifle, swinging bridge, paddle boat and first motor car. Da Vinci designed machines of war as well.

Life as Leonardo

Born on April 15th 1452 in Italy on the third hour of the night. So today, he would be 564 years and 31 days old. He died on May the 2nd 1519, in France so that means he died 497 years and precisely 2 weeks ago.


Leonardo da Vinci's parents were never married and he was an only child. Although, he was an only child, he had a total of 17 half-siblings, given birth by other parents.

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The Mona Lisa

The lips of this famous lady supposedly took more than ten years to perfect. People now believe that she seems to have the features of a pregnant woman. The painting itself is only a little bit bigger than an A3 sheet of paper. It is currently kept in the Louvre museum, France.
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Why Leonardo?

Leonardo da Vinci was a very creative person that inspired many others to be as inventive and original as he was. Leonardo has changed the world in so many different ways. From painting the Mona Lisa to the very first painting of a parachute. Leonardo da Vinci painted a picture of the parachute but he was so far ahead of his time that the technology could not sustain his ideas. Later, in 1783 the first parachute was finally created. He also contributed in the idea of scissors, another famous essential that we use almost every day.

References

Supper, The. "Leonardo Da Vinci - Facts & Summary - HISTORY.Com". HISTORY.com. N.p., 2016. Web. 12 May 2016.

Andrei, Mihai. "5 Things Leonardo Da Vinci Did To Change The World". ZME Science. N.p., 2008. Web. 12 May 2016

Andrei, Mihai. "5 Things Leonardo Da Vinci Did To Change The World". ZME Science. N.p., 2008. Web. 15 May 2016.