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Leonardo Da Vinci – Mankind’s Greatest Genius

Last Updated on May 18, 2020 by Darshan Modi

Once we hear the name Leonardo Da Vinci, the first thing that comes to our mind is his famous painting “Mona Lisa” which has captured the hearts and minds of many people from all age groups. Other famous paintings of Leonardo Da Vinci are Vitruvian Man and The Last Supper. Do you that he is not only a painter but also a sculptor, mathematician, architect, inventor, military engineer, geologist, cartographer, botanist, writer and draftsman. He is referred to as a greatest genius of mankind and his IQ level is 200. Come on, now read the article continuously to know more about him.

Leonardo Da Vinci
Leonardo Da Vinci

Leonardo Da Vinci Superhuman Superpower

Leonardo Da Vinci is a genius who was also called as Renaissance man. He has excellent artistic, inventive and science related skills. He is well known for the most famous and iconic pieces of art work – Mona Lisa which has ever been crafted in the world. He was also known as one of the first to document the human body in the form of a child.

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Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci was born on 15th April, 1452 in Anchiano, Tuscany to Florentine notary Ser Piero and a young peasant woman Caterina who had no legal relationship with each other.

Early Life of Leonardo Da Vinci

Along with his father and step mother, Leonardo Da Vinci lived till he was five years old. After that he moved to his father’s family estate in the Tuscan town and lived with his uncle and grandparents. He did not have a formal education except basic reading, writing and math but had good artistic skills at his early age itself.

At around age 15, Leonardo Da Vinci’s father recognised his skill and apprenticed him to the noted sculptor and painter Andrea del Verrocchio in Florence. Leonardo learnt many different techniques and technical skills, developed his painting and sculpting techniques and he was trained in mechanical arts during the 6 years of time period. He focused on the laws of sciences and nature early in his life.

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In the year 1472 when he was 20 years old, he was offered membership as a master artist in Florence’s Guild of Saint Luke. He opened his own studio but he remained with his teacher for another five years. In the year 1478, he became an independent master craftsman and received commission for an altarpiece to reside in a chapel inside Florence’s Palazzo Vecchio.

His first commissioned work was The Adoration of the Magi, for Florence’s San Donato, a Scopeto monastery which he started to paint in the year 1482 but did not complete it as he relocated to Milan to work for the ruling Sforza clan. There he worked on the project of creating a magnificent 16-foot-tall equestrian statue, in bronze, to honor dynasty founder Francesco Sforza for about 12 years and clay model of the same was made ready to display in 1493.

About Leonardo Da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci is a painter, scientist, inventor, sculptor, mathematician, architect, military engineer, geologist, cartographer, botanist, author and draftsman. He is famous for his artistic works such as Vitruvian Man, The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa. He was a great inspiration to many and mainly artists all over the world. Leonardo da Vinci is well known for his two painting techniques namely Chiaroscuro and Sfumato using these both he has painted Virgin of the Rocks. He described and sketched ideas for many inventions long before it was invented. One of his best invention based sketches is the flying machine.

During the 1480s, Leonardo da Vinci studied anatomy and dissect human and animal bodies which he exhibited through his drawings. He also studied botany, geology, zoology, hydraulics, aeronautics and physics. His finely drawn illustrations and scientific observations are filed up by him in notebooks. During the period 1495 to 1503, he has drawn world famous paintings. In Florence, he also worked as a military engineer for Cesare Borgia in the years 1502 and 1503. He also surveyed military construction projects and sketched city plans and topographical maps outside Florence.

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Leonardo da Vinci was given the title as Premier Painter and Engineer and Architect to the King by French ruler Francis I. He worked in Rome by maintaining a workshop and undertaking a variety of projects for the Pope from 1513 to 1516. He left Italy in 1516. He suffered from paralysis in his right hand but still continued his drawing and teaching. His great companion was Young aristocrat Francesco Melzi. His final painting considered by historians is St. John the Baptist. Da Vinci continued work on his scientific studies until his death. At the age of 67, he died in 1519 at Cloux, France.

In November 2017, Leonardo da Vinci’s painting “Salvator Mundi” had been sold to an undisclosed buyer for $450.3 million along with fees at a Christie’s auction. Author Walter Isaacson published his research work on title Leonardo da Vinci which included Da Vinci’s creations and inventions in 2017.

Genetic or Learned

The artistic and inventive skills of Leonardo Da Vinci is primarily genetic and in-born as his IQ level is 200. He learnt more and developed his in-born abilities to shine as a great genius in this world.

Guinness World Records

  • Mona Lisa painting by Leonardo da Vinci is listed in Guinness world records as having the highest insurance value for a painting in history.

Names Known by

  • Renaissance man
  • Leonardo
  • Il Florentine
  • Premier Painter and Engineer and Architect to the King

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Books Published by Leonardo Da Vinci

  • Codex Urbinas
  • Anatomical Drawings
  • Codex Atlanticus
  • Leonardo on painting
  • Codex Leicester
  • Thoughts on Art and Life
  • The Notebooks
  • Codex Madrid
  • Leonardo, paintings and drawings
  • Codex Arundel
  • Leonardo on the Human Body
  • Leonardo Drawings
  • Fables of Leonardo da Vinci
  • Codex on the Flight of Birds
  • The Philosophical Diary of Leonardo da Vinci
  • Classic Anatomical Illustrations
  • A Treatise of Painting