Who Was Leonardo da Vinci?

Our company takes pride in being named after Leonardo da Vinci as he represents genius as no other.

Our company takes pride in being named after Leonardo da Vinci as he represents genius as no other. Even though his paintings are famous, he considered himself an inventor and an engineer. Also, he was a perfectionist but he was continuously looking at new works and as a consequence, rarely considered his previous ones truly finished

His constant search for new inputs was our great source of inspiration when we were looking at the best way to communicate our vision for and deep involvement in the field of education in our region.

He is considered one of the world’s most gifted painters, but the creator of the ‘Gioconda’ or ‘Monna Lisa’ – the portrait of Monna Lisa del Giocondo as indicated by G. Vasari in 1525 - was also interested in architecture, anatomy and nature.

An illegitimate child, Leonardo was born in the hill town Vinci near Florence and where he got his surname. He eventually came to live with his father.

He proved to be gifted from an early start. He studied science and he showed he was a talented drawer. His father would get him an apprenticeship with the artist  Andrea del Verrocchio, but Leonardo was also interested in the research in anatomy carried out at the school of the ‘Pollaiolo’.

Later in life, Leonardo continued to show his interests and his exceptional observational skills. Modern technology helps us know more about how he lived his life; for example, prints or residue from the things he touched which penetrated the paper of his drawings. His notes are just as unique as his fingerprints; at first glance, they look almost illegible but Leonardo was ambidextrous and used mirror writing – if you use a mirror, you can read his text with a little bit of practice.

 In his life, Leonardo was interested in flying. 
He studied the flight of birds and designed flying 
machines again showing he was ahead of his time.

He was also able to make the map of an Italian city, Imola, which is highly accurate even though he did not have satellites and Google Maps. You may probably find your way through the city just by using that incredible map as it represents true innovation, moving away from perceptions towards more realistic and practical applications.

To this day researchers are still figuring out if a ‘Da Vinci Code’ really exists. Even though most of his written materials has been lost, the artist left a considerable amount of manuscript pages written cryptographically; although we have lots of documentation about him, he still remains one of the most mysterious figures of Modern History.

We only have one of Leonardo’s self-portraits which he drew when he was approximately 60 years of age; it is known as ‘the Portrait of a Man in Red Chalk’ in the Biblioteca Reale, Turin, Italy.

Perhaps there has never been somebody with so many talents, in music, graphics, architecture, natural sciences, and his superlative painting talent. If you are interested in knowing more about Leonardo 500 years after his death in May 1519, and you have the chance to travel, there will be plenty of opportunities across Western Europe. Museums in Italy, France, the UK and on the other side of the Atlantic, the US, are all hosting very special exhibitions to celebrate Leonardo’s genius.

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