Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci was an Italian polymath, leading artist, intellectual of the Italian Renaissance, architect, mathematician, inventor, and writer.
Born on April 15, 1452, as the illegitimate child of the wealthy notary and a peasant girl, in the Tuscan hill town of Vinci, Leonardo was raised by his father, Piero da Vinci, and his stepmothers. He was educated in the studio of the renowned Florentine painter, Verrocchio, and later worked in Milan, Rome, Bologna and Venice, spending his last years in France at the home given to him by Francis I.
During his life, he mastered so many disciplines that he epitomized the Renaissance humanist ideal. Leonardo has often been described as the archetype of the “Renaissance man”. Like the many others leaders of Renaissance humanism, he believed that art was strongly connected with science and nature.
Today, he is widely known for his art, including two paintings, Mona Lisa and The Last Supper. Mona Lisa is the most famous and the most parodied portrait while The Last Supper the most reproduced religious painting of all time.
His work and observations were recorded in more than 10,000 pages of notes and drawings, including designs for anatomy, war machinery, flying machines, and architecture.
Here are 58 intelligent quotes to celebrate the life of this great genius.