Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci, Italian: Leonardo from Vinci born April 15, 1452, Enchain, near Vinci, Republic of Florence Italy—died May 2, 1519, Cloud now Clos-Luke, France, Italian painter, draftsman, sculptor, architect, and engineer whose skill and intelligence, perhaps more than that of any other figure, epitomized the Renaissance humanist ideal. His Last Supper 1495–98 and Mona Lisa c. 1503–19 are among the most widely popular and influential paintings of the Renaissance. His notebooks reveal a spirit of scientific inquiry and a mechanical inventiveness that were centuries ahead of their time. The unique fame that Leonardo enjoyed in his lifetime and that, filtered by historical criticism, has remained undimmed to the present day rests largely on his unlimited desire for knowledge, which Read More