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Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci was an Italian genius whose areas of interest included invention, painting, sculpting, architecture, mathematics, engineering, science, music, anatomy, geology, astronomy, botany, writing, history, and cartography.

He is widely considered one of the greatest painters of all time, although fewer than two-dozen paintings attributed to him exist. The reason he did not paint more was that his interests were so vast and varied that he wasn’t a prolific painter. Centuries after his death, thousands of pages from his private journals with notes, drawings, observations and scientific theories have been studied and provided a greater appreciation for this remarkable “Renaissance Humanist”.


  • Name:             Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci
  • Born:               1452 – Vinci, Republic of Florence (present-day Italy)
  • Died:               1519 (aged 67) – Amboise, Kingdom of France
  • Movement:   High Renaissance
  • Masterpieces:

Francois I recoit les derniers soupirs de Leonard de Vinci by Ingres

Francis I of France receiving the last breath of Leonardo da Vinci, by Ingres, 1818


“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” Leonardo da Vinci


Photo Credit 1) By Alison restrepo quiroga (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons 2) Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons