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 Leonardo da Vinci

 ★ Short Biography :

     ┗▶ Leonardo da Vinci born on April 15, 1452 and died on May 2, 1519 was an Italian polymath, having been a scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, painter, sculptor, architect, botanist, musician and writer.

     ┗▶ Leonardo has often been described as the archetype of the "Renaissance man", a man whose seemingly infinite curiosity was equalled only by his powers of invention.

★ As a Painter

     ┗▶ He is widely considered to be one of the greatest painters of all time and perhaps the most diversely talented person ever to have lived.It is primarily as a painter that Leonardo was and is renowned. 


    ┗▶Two of his works, the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper occupy unique positions as the most famous, most reproduced and most parodied portrait and religious painting of all time. Leonardo's drawing of the Vitruvian Man is also iconic.


★ As an Engineer

    ┗▶ As an engineer, Leonardo's ideas were vastly ahead of his time. He conceptualised a helicopter, a tank, concentrated solar power, a calculator, the double hull and outlined a rudimentary theory of plate tectonics.

    
┗▶ His conceptual drawings included plans for musical instruments, war machines, calculators, boats and other ideas. Many of these plans were limited by the level of technology at the time.

    
┗▶ Flight was of particular interest to da Vinci. He studied the flight of birds and created plans for flying machines that resemble hang gliders and helicopters.


★ As a Scientist

     ┗▶ As a scientist, he greatly advanced the state of knowledge in the fields of anatomy, civil engineering, optics, and hydrodynamics.

The renaissance man of the renaissance. He could have lived to be 500 and still not lived up to his potential.

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