Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci, 1452 - 1519

portrait of Leonardo da Vinci
Self-portrait in red chalk (ca. 1512-1515)

Born: 15 April 1452, Vinci, Fiorenza
Died: 2 May 1519, Amboise, Louraine, France

Leonardo was the illegitimate son of Ser piero da Vinci. He was apprenticed to the artist Andrea del Verrocchio, but soon developed his own style which became the High Renaissance standard when Michaelangelo and Raphael adopted it twenty years later. His primary work was art, but his imaginative and inventive mind let him serve, at various times, as an inventor, scientist, engineer, architect, painter, sculptor, musician, mathematician, anatomist, astronomer, geologists, biologist, and philosopher. He wrote the first textbook of human anatomy and was the first to comprehend that the light of the moon was reflected sunlight. He flitted from one thought to another with great speed, finishing very little, the ultimate poster child for Attention Deficit Disorder, but I'm not sure there has been another human mind of such insight and range.

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