About Leonardo Da Vinci

Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci, born April the 15th 1452, died May 2nd 1519, was probably the greatest ever human that has ever lived. Quite a statement, but when you consider that he was the world's first, true 'polymath' (That is, good at absolutely everything...), and was a skilful painter, sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, inventor, engineer, geologist, botanist, writer, inventor, amongst many other things, you'll agree, yes? Probably his most famous work is the 'Mona Lisa' or 'La Gioconda', painted between the years of 1503 and 1506. Her enigmatic smile has seen countless thousands of copies, adorning T-shirts, students' posters, and thousands upon thousands of words have been written on her. Leonardo da Vinci also designed an early helicopter, and other, often outlandish, methods of transport, both land-based and aircraft. His painting 'The Last Supper', depicting Christ in His famous last meal before betrayal and subsequent crucifixion, painted for the Convent of Santa Maria della Grazie in Milan, Italy, is one of the most copied paintings of all time. Not only was Leonardo a painter, but his anatomical drawings of the human body are frighteningly accurate, with his 'Vitruvian Man' – the man with his arms and legs outstretched, surrounded by a perfect circle – even being copied for one of the designs printed on a patch worn by the Skylab III space station crew in the 1970s. Contrary to popular opinion, 'The Vitruvian Man' did not appear on the side of the Voyager I or Voyager II deep space probes. In fact, these designs were a contemporary pair of naked male and females. Another interesting fact about da Vinci is that he was a strict vegetarian!

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