Monday, January 17, 2011

The Renaissance Man

There are few notable figures in history that have been as talented as Leonardo da Vinci. He wasn't just a painter although he is considered one of the best to have ever lived. He was a painter, sculptor, architect, musician, scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist and writer

Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci (April 15, 1452 – May 2, 1519) was a renaissance man. A man whose unquenchable curiosity was equaled only by his powers of ingenuity and invention. Da Vinci painted the The Last Supper, Mona Lisa and the Vitruvian Man. The Vitruvian Man painting has become a cultural icon being reproduced on everything from the euro to text books, posters and t-shirts. He also created blueprints for a helicopter, tank, calculator and numerous military weapons that have been built and tested to function.

Dan Browns 2003 bestselling novel The Da Vinci Code explored his past involvement with secret societies. Below are some paintings and sketches by a true renaissance man whose genius and passion for creation have spawned inventions still in use today.


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