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.Continue Reading
Even today, almost 500 years after his death, da Vinci is regarded as a brilliant engineer. He is credited with coming up with some of the first designs for flight machines, many of which couldn't be implemented until hundreds of years after his death.
As an artist, da Vinci painted "The Last Supper," which remains the most reproduced religious painting ever made. The drawing Vitruvian Man is seen today on everything from T-shirts to Euro coins.
Some of da Vinci's inventions were impractical at the time. He invented musical instruments, mechanical knights, reversible crank mechanisms and hydraulic pumps. Many of his inventions were built after his death, but some still haven't seen the light of day.
One of his most impressive visions was a 720-foot bridge that would span the distance between Bosporus and Golden Horn. The technology was impossible at the time but, in 2001, a smaller bridge based on his design was built in Norway.
da Vinci was always fascinated with flight. He designed the first parachute more than 500 years ago, but the technology didn't exist to make his vision a reality until 1783.Learn more about Renaissance & Reformation