Leonardo da Vinci (1462 – 1519) was a florentine polymath from the Italian renaissance. He was a painter, anatomist, architect, palaeontologist, artist, botanic, scientific, writer, sculptor, philosopher, engineer, developer, musician, poet and urbanist.
Leonardo is described as an arquetype and symbol of the man of the renaissance, universal genie, as well as a humanist philosopher whose endless curiosity can only be rivalled by his ability to create. He is considered as one of the greatest painters of all time and, probably, one of the persons with the most amount of talents in different areas that ever existed. As an engineer and developer, Leonardo created from ideas ahead of his time as, for example, the helicopter, tank, submarine, or the automobile. As a scientist, he studied and advance in the areas of anatomy, civil engineer, optics and hydrodynamics.
He is most famous for his paintings. Some of his most renowned works are “The Mona Lisa”, “The Last Supper” and the “Vitrubian Man”. There are only around 20 known works of him mainly because the amount of experimentation he made with new techniques and his chronic inconstancy. The low number of works, with his notebooks with drawings, scientific diagrams and thoughts about the nature of drawings, are a legacy for the upcoming artists.