Vinci, Republic of Florence, April 15, 1452-Amboise, Kingdom of France, May 2, 1519
The image of Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci was the prototype of the artistic genius of the Italian Renaissance. The illegitimate son of a Florentine notary, held during his life the trades of painter, engineer, mathematician, architect, planner, inventor, musician and anatomist, among others.
Da Vinci did not receive a formal education in all these areas, but was a talented man and honed his skills through time, being largely self-taught. His prolific career includes several paintings, but only a few survive. Of these, The Mona Lisa and The Last Supper are the most famous, but others are also known such as the Adoration of the Magi, Annunciation and The Virgin of the Rocks.
His inventions and sketches show an artist ahead of his time, as he devised similar machines to existing helicopters and bicycles. Many creations were impossible to be built during the Renaissance, so they remained only on paper. In his notebooks he sealed all his knowledge about anatomy, painting and architecture, and in his Vitruvian Man he fixed his vision of human symmetry.
He worked for the most powerful Italian families of the time, as Sforza and Borgia, who admired Da Vinci’s perfectionism and entrusted him with important work. He died being recognized and more than half a century after his death his artistic influence is much appreciated, considering him one of the greatest geniuses that humanity ever had.