Leonardo da Vinci contributed greatly to the fields of art, science and invention during the Italian Renaissance. He is best known for painting the “Mona Lisa" and “The Last Supper." He was an investigator of topics such as botany, aerodynamics, zoology, geology, hydrodynamics, flight, human anatomy and optics.Continue Reading
Leonardo da Vinci was trained with an architectural and technical eye, and he had a great understanding of machines and gears. In his notebooks, he sketched ideas for new machines which weren’t actually invented until hundreds of years after his time. These include parachutes, helicopters, army tanks, airplanes and an underwater breathing apparatus. He was a military engineer who made contributions to the advancement of weapon design. He studied water and had ideas for canals, steam-powered cannons and waterwheels.
Leonardo da Vinci's "Vitruvian Man," which is a drawing of a man with his limbs outstretched inside a square and a circle, shows his perceptions of geometrical proportion. He studied the sun and moon, stars, fossils and light. His knowledge of human anatomy helped him paint realistic figures.
As an artist, he used linear perspective and realistic subjects. He understood that three-dimensional objects are characterized by light and shadow, a technique known as chiaroscuro. He understood receding distances and depth and believed that art should portray the laws of nature.Learn more about Renaissance & Reformation
By popular historical definition, a Renaissance man was someone versed in many fields of study or expertise, if not one who had mastered several. Da Vinci was not only an extraordinarily skilled artist, but a gifted mathematician, scientist, musician, architect, anatomist, botanist and inventor as well.Full Answer >
It is thought that Leonardo da Vinci became an artist because, at a young age in 1469, he was apprenticed to a man named Verocchio, who was a well-known artist of the time, according to Boston's Museum of Science.Full Answer >
Leonardo Da Vinci had 17 brothers and sisters. All of his siblings were half-siblings.Full Answer >
Leonardo da Vinci was a scientist, mathematician and inventor of things that changed the world like the parachute, scissors and the study of anatomy. Da Vinci also painted the Mona Lisa, which is one of the most famous paintings in the world.Full Answer >