St. Peter Museum of History
Featuring: The Many Inventions of Leonardo da Vinci
This exhibit will take you back to da Vinci's lifetime and walk you through some of his famous inventions.
Leonardo da Vinci
Leonardo was born on April 15th, 1452. He was raised by his father, and at the age of 14 became an apprentice of an artist. He studied for six years, learning about the many different aspects of art, until he qualified as a master and set up his own shop at the age of 20. After many years of painting and studying, he began to develop new interests in science and new technologies, which led to him creating inventions. It was between the years 1485 and 1490 that he made most of these inventions.
It is possible that a turtle's shell inspired Leonardo into making this particular invention, although nobody knows for sure.
The video below shows a test of this parachute and shows a bit about how it would have been made.