Leonardo da Vinci

Painter, Scientist and Visionary Leonardo da Vinci

Full Name: Lionardo di ser Piero da Vinci
Profession: Painter, Scientist and Visionary


Biography: 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.

Born: April 15, 1452
Birthplace: Vinci, Florence, Italy
Star Sign: Aries

Died: May 2, 1519 (aged 67)

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Historical Events

  • 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
  • 2021-07-04 Researchers reveal there are 14 living descendants of Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci
  • 2021-07-08 A tiny Leonardo da Vinci sketch "Head of a Bear", the size of a post-it sells for £8.9 million ($12.2 m) at auction in London

Quotes by Leonardo da Vinci

  • "Nature is the source of all true knowledge. She has her own logic, her own laws, she has no effect without cause nor invention without necessity." - Nature
  • "There are three classes of people: those who see. Those who see when they are shown. Those who do not see." - People

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