Today’s Wonder of the Day was inspired by Emily. Emily Wonders, “Who is leonardo da vinci” Thanks for WONDERing with us, Emily!
What comes to mind when you hear the name Leonardo? If you immediately think of a sword-wielding ninja turtle in a blue mask, then you've definitely had a fun childhood. Leonardo is indeed the name of one of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Like the other three ninja turtles, Leonardo is actually named after a real Italian Renaissance artist. Who are we talking about? Leonardo da Vinci, of course!
Commonly known by simply the name Leonardo, da Vinci was born in 1452 near the town of Vinci in the Tuscany region of Italy. He lived a very humble life in his early years, receiving little formal education other than the basics of reading, writing, and mathematics.
Early on, however, it was clear that Leonardo had natural artistic talent. When he was just 14, Leonardo began an apprenticeship with famous artist Andrea del Verrocchio in Florence. His education in the arts was wide-ranging, including instruction in painting, drawing, sculpture, carpentry, and metalwork.
Throughout history, Leonardo has been considered one of the greatest painters of all time. His most famous work, the Mona Lisa, hangs in the Louvre Museum in Paris and is believed by many to be the most famous and valuable painting in the world.
Leonardo is also well-known for painting The Last Supper, which is the most reproduced religious painting ever. His drawing called Vitruvian Man has also become a worldwide cultural , appearing on all sorts of items, including clothing, books, and even coins.
Despite his fame as a painter, less than two dozen of his paintings have survived. He did leave behind many notebooks filled with drawings and his thoughts on painting. Today, Leonardo's lasting legacy in the art world is rivaled by only his fellow Italian Renaissance artist, Michelangelo.
Leonardo is remembered today as much more than just a painter. He is considered a polymath, which is a person who is an expert in many different fields. The term is often used to describe great thinkers of the Renaissance who were experts in both science and the arts.
In addition to the arts, Leonardo was considered a multitalented visionary whose interests included architecture, engineering, mathematics, hydraulics, aeronautics, physics, music, literature, writing, cartography, astronomy, geology, anatomy, zoology, and botany. He believed that science and art were intertwined such that the study of the laws of science and nature influenced his work as an artist.
A true Renaissance man, Leonardo was also a military engineer and inventor. Although his ideas didn't come to fruition in his lifetime, da Vinci is famous for his sketches of machines and devices that would one day become the parachute, bicycle, helicopter, and tank. He even sketched a primitive flying machine based upon the physiology of the bat.
Today, Leonardo is still considered one of the most talented people in history. The scope of his interests was incredible. Scholars believe his incredible genius was the product of boundless curiosity and unparalleled imagination.
In his last years, da Vinci became the "Premier Painter and Engineer and Architect to the King" of King Francis I of France. He continued his scientific studies and produced many drawings and sketches until his death in 1519.