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Leonardo da Vinci


You have probably heard the name Leonardo da Vinci before and maybe you asked your self: “Whats so great about Leonardo da Vinci?” Well,the fact that he was a polymath (A person whose expertise spans a significant number of subject areas) is enough,but more specifically he was a:Scientist,mathematician,


botanist,musician,and writer.

But where did it all start?



Leonardo was born on April 15th 1452 at 3:00 AM in Vinci,Florence

He was the illegitimate son of Piero da Vinci,a notary, and Caterina a peasant

Leonardo's childhood home in the town of Anchiano


Leonardo was self taught with the exception of him being the apprentice of Verrocchio, a famous painter and architect

Driven by the goal he set at a young age to know how everything worked in nature

Andrea del Verrocchio

love for nature and animals
Love for nature and animals

He was a vegetarian and found it cruel to kill animals for meat

He drew directly from nature unlike other artists

He bought cadged birds just to set them free!

Leonardo also drew the first countryside picture

Leonardo was very fond of nature and animals and it motivated him.


Leonardo was very advanced for his time. His techniques of art,design,and engineering were so advanced that even today as we make these inventions,experts say Da Vinci hit it right on the dot.

But what were some of his inventions and techniques?

Lets start with art.


art techniques
Art techniques

In the Mona Lisa,Leonardo used two unique techniques

Sfumato,(Sfo-ma-toe)which makes a smoky,dark effect

Chiaroscuro,(Key-are-ose-curo) which is made of light and dark colors to make a luminous,3d effect

mirror writing
Mirror writing

Leonardo used mirror writing in his journals which was upside down and backwards

Experts say this was most likely to prevent people from stealing his ideas


Leonardo sketched many inventions that are used today such as the tank, scuba diving equipment,a robot,and the helicopter and “Flying Machine” but never invented most of them.

flying machine
Flying Machine

Leonardo loved the idea of flying

He designed a bird like machine based on anatomy (see slide 11)

Unknown if ever tested but there is a legend that Leonardo tested it on one of his pupils resulting in a broken leg


Leonardo was trained in the field of anatomy by Verrocchio

Anatomy is a branch of biology and medicine and learning how the structure of a living thing works


He was given permission to dissect human corpses

This lead him to the invention of the artificial heart

Anatomy was strongly discouraged by Roman religious groups

death of a genius
Death of a genius

Leonardo da Vinci died on May 2nd 1519 in Amboise,France at age 67

He had a paralysis on the right side of his body and had an illness


So you can see why he was so great!And there is still much more to be learned about him.

There are many amazing things that he did and we only talked about a couple of them,maybe you'll find out discover something new about him!


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