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What did Leonardo da Vinci invent?

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According to About.com, the renowned artist Leonardo DaVinci invented several items including an armoured car, machine gun, giant crossbow, artillery park and a flying machine. The Museum of Science notes that it was very difficult to make a living as an artist during DaVinci’s time. To support himself, DaVinci adapted his drawing skills to more lucrative professions, such as architecture, engineering and weapon design.

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DaVinci worked for the Duke of Milan as a military engineer, where he outlined some of his most sinister ideas for weapons and fortifications. According to the Museum of Science, DaVinci only briefly mentioned that he could also paint. Luckily, DaVinci was extremely gifted as an engineer and illustrator.

In addition to working for the Duke of Milan, DaVinci worked for the son of the Pope, Cesare Borgia, as a military engineer and architect. For Borgia, DaVinci proposed a bridge across the Gulf of Istanbul that would connect the Golden Horn and the Bosporus. Naysayers during DaVinci’s time laughed at the idea. However, modern engineers have confirmed that DaVinci’s bridge idea would have been feasible, and its construction would have been structurally sound. DaVinci also created the mechanical gear and lever, which he used to design a bicycle, helicopter, automobile and several other machines.

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    Where was Leonardo da Vinci born?

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    Leonardo da Vinci was born on April 15, 1452, in the Italian town of Vinci in the Tuscan region. The town of Vinci lies in the lower valley of the Arno River.

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    Where did Leonardo da Vinci live?

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    Leonardo da Vinci was born in Italy, then alternated between life in France and Italy before ending his days just outside of Amboise, France. Leonardo was born on April 15, 1452 in the town of Vinci, Italy, which lies in the Tuscan region. Leonardo then relocated to Florence, Italy to carry out an apprenticeship, then moved to Milan to embark on his first professional endeavor as a sculptor and painter.

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    Where was Leonardo da Vinci educated?

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    Other than basic skills in reading, writing, and math, Leonardo da Vinci had little formal education. Out of an appreciation of 14-year old da Vinci's artistic talents, his father arranged for him to apprentice in Florence to well-known artist and sculptor, Andrea del Verrocchio.

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    Did Leonardo da Vinci have a wife?

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    Leonardo da Vinci never married and had no children. He was an Italian artist and inventor during the Renaissance period. His most famous works include "The Last Supper," "The Mona Lisa" and "Madonna on the Rocks."

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