Facts about Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci died at 67 years old
Born: April 15, 1452
Birthplace: Vinci, Italy
Best known as: Painter of the Mona Lisa


Leonardo da Vinci Biography

Leonardo da Vinci is best remembered as the painter of the Mona Lisa (1503-1506) and the mural The Last Supper (1495).

Leonardo is equally famous for his astonishing multiplicity of talents: he dabbled in architecture, sculpture, engineering, geology, hydraulics and the military arts, all with success, and in his spare time doodled parachutes and flying machines that resembled inventions of the 19th and 20th centuries.

Leonardo da Vinci made detailed drawings of human anatomy which are still highly regarded today. (His drawing of the proportions of a human male, set inside a circle and a square, is now known as Vitruvian Man.)

Leonardo also was quirky enough to write notebook entries in mirror script — that is, backwards — a trick which kept many of his observations from being widely known until decades after his death.

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Leonardo da Vinci means “Leonardo from the town of Vinci,” and thus he is generally referred to in short as “Leonardo” rather than as “da Vinci”… He received a fresh burst of public interest in 2003 with the publication of The Da Vinci Code, the bestselling thriller by author Dan Brown.


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