Why Famous: A renaissance polymath, painter, sculptor, architect, musician, engineer and inventor, Da Vinci is chiefly remembered as one of the greatest painters of all time.
His inventions and designs included flying machines, a tank, concentrated solar power, an adding machine, the double hull and a theory of plate tectonics.
- 1496-01-03 Leonardo da Vinci unsuccessfully tests a flying machine
- 1999-05-28 In Milan, Italy, after 22 years of restoration work, Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece "The Last Supper" is put back on display
- 2017-11-15 Leonardo da Vinci's painting "Salvator Mundi" sells for $450.3 million at auction in New York, world record price for any artwork
- 2019-05-02 Second-only sketch known of Leonardo da Vinci from Queen Elizabeth's collection revealed on the 500th anniversary of the artist's death