The Renaissance Man
Leonardo da Vinci was a true epitome of the Renaissance man. He was a philosopher, musician, geologist, anatomist, inventor, scientist, architect, engineer, mathematician, botanist, writer, cartographer, sculptor and painter. He was born into the Renaissance age and was a genius of a man. Leonardo was a man whose unquenchable curiosity was equaled only by his powers of invention. He seemed to be interested in everything and was very detail oriented (Leonardo da Vinci, Renaissance Man). He studied, experimented, discovered, conceptualized and communicated on an almost incomprehensible range of topics during his life from 1452-1519 (da Vinci-The Genius). He is widely considered to be one of the greatest painters of all time and perhaps the most diversely talented person to have ever lived.
Leonardo was born the illegitimate son of the wealthy legal notary, Messer Piero Fruosino di Antonio da Vinci, and a peasant woman, Caterina, at Vinci in the lower valley of the Arno River in the region of Florence, Italy. Leonardo had no surname in the modern sense, “da Vinci” meaning “of Vinci”. His full birth name was “Lionardo di ser Piero da Vinci”, meaning “Leonardo, (son) of (Mes)ser Piero from Vinci”. His parents were never married and had no more children together but through marriages to others gave him 17 half brothers and sisters (Leonardo da Vinci).
In Leonardo’s early life he received an informal education in Latin, geometry and mathematics but did not show any particular signs of aptitude. He was largely self taught and pledged to himself from an early age “to learn all there is to learn” and to challenge himself through experimentation and application of sound scientific principles that had been learnt before him (da Vinci-The Genius). When he was about 15 his father apprenticed him to the renowned workshop of Andrea del Verrocchio in Florence and demonstrated immense talent. One of Leonardo’s big breaks...