Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo Da Vinci was one of the most accomplished polymaths in Europe during the 15th and 16th centuries.

Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci

As the bridge between the medieval and Renaissance periods, Da Vinci was the extraordinary embodiment of the Renaissance ideals, being an exceptional genius whose interests were spread over multiple fields and domains.


The Vitruvian Man *Leonardo da Vinci

As a painter, Da Vinci earned lasting fame as one of the best of all time. As an inventor, he is regarded as a man who was well ahead of his time. His works and interests are also related to mathematics, engineering, geology, literature, astronomy, and history among other subjects.


Leonardo Da Vinci *The Last Supper

Leonardo da Vinci Brief Biography

Da Vinci was born in 1452 in Florence. Little is known about his early life except that he attained some informal education in Latin and mathematics.

In 1466, Leonardo joined the workshop of the famed Florentine artist, Andrea del Verrocchio. It was here that Leonardo was able to learn a great deal about a vast variety of subjects including metalwork, chemistry, painting, sculpting, drafting, and other skills related to the art.



His earliest notable artwork came in 1475 when he collaborated with his teacher on ‘The Baptism of Christ’. In 1478, he left Verrocchio’s workshop, and a few years later, he was working for the powerful Medici family.
Powerful Medici Family *Florence Italy

Powerful Medici Family *Florence Italy

In 1482, he went to Milan and lived there until 1499. In 1499, he left Milan for Venice, and in 1502, he started working for Cesare Borgia. Towards the last phase of his life from 1513 to 1519, Leonardo spent considerable time working on many works commissioned at the Vatican, Rome. He died in 1519 while being under the royal patronage of Francis I of France who had become a close friend of Leonardo around this time.

Works by Leonardo da Vinci

During his lifetime, Leonardo worked on a huge number of paintings, sculptures, and other artwork. In so doing, he was frequently commissioned by the notables of the age ranging from French monarchs and Italian dukes to the Pope himself.

Vatican Rome

Vatican Rome

His famous paintings include the ‘St. Jerome in the Wilderness, the ‘Virgin of the Rocks’, ‘The Last Supper, and the ‘Mona Lisa’. Apart from his paintings, Leonardo also left behind a huge body of sketches and drawings which are of the same exceptional quality of his paintings.

Mona Lisa

Mona Lisa *Leonardo da Vinci

Most notable among these is the ‘Vitruvian Man, a drawing where Leonardo explores the balanced proportions of the human physique.

Vitruvian Man

Vitruvian Man *Leonardo da Vinci

Journals of Leonardo da Vinci

Although he received famed as one of the most talented painters, sculptors, and artists of his age, Leonardo also left behind a rich legacy in the form of his journals. His journals reveal that he had an equally great gift for mathematics, geography, architecture, and anatomy, making frequent sketches, drawings, and observations that he would note in his journals.

In his journal, he penned down possibilities of constructing flying machines, tanks, parachutes, and ways of using solar power, he was way ahead of his time in this respect. He also wrote about human anatomy in detail and left nearly 240 drawings and 13000 words for a treatise on anatomy.

As part of his work on anatomy, Leonardo also studied human emotions in detail. His journals comprised nearly 13000 pages of notes and drawings.

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