Interesting facts about Leonardo da Vinci

February 10, 2010 | In: People facts

Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci (About this sound pronunciation (help·info)), (April 15, 1452 – May 2, 1519), was an Italian polymath: painter, sculptor, architect, musician, scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, botanist and writer.

The name Leonardo da Vinci translates to Leonard from the town of Vinci. He is normally referred to as simply Leonardo.

Leonardo was raised by his single father.

Leonardo was and is renowned primarily as a painter.

Leonardo was one of the first italians to use oil paint .

The first work that Leonardo finished in Milan was the Madonna of the Rocks.

He drew a self-portrait in 1515.

Most of his paintings are in Europe and only one in the United States.

He was a left-handed dyslexic and procrastinating perfectionist who left many paintings unfinished and destroyed most of his work.
Two of his works, the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper, are the most famous, most reproduced and most parodied portrait and religious painting of all time.

Leonardo was a vegetarian who loved animals and despised war, yet he worked as a military engineer to invent advanced and deadly weapons.

Leonardo drew the plans for the first armored car in 1485!

He invented the bicycle 300 years before it appeared on the road. Created an inflatable tube so people could float in the water, invented the scissors.

Leonardo da vinci had dyslexia, when he made notes on his inventions it was all written in reverse, which made it hard for others to dig through his notes and steal his ideas.

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4 Responses to Interesting facts about Leonardo da Vinci



July 6th, 2010 at 1:01 am

i am a big fan of leonardo da vinci because of his more talents and especially about his great mysterious painting monalisaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa..



August 19th, 2010 at 2:11 am

I am a BIG fan of Leonardo da Vinci, esp. his works. The mona lisa is so mysterious!!!


Angela McCann

April 2nd, 2012 at 7:18 pm

I love his work it is great,I think Leonardo did a great job with the Mona Lisa ;-) I am a BIG,BIG,BIG fan.



December 3rd, 2012 at 12:05 pm

biggest fan ever of Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci especially his inventions and his famouse painting the Mona Lisa I
wonder what inspired him to do it

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