Who Was Leonardo da Vinci?

BY: Arkady Leokum

Leonardo da Vinci was one of the most remarkable human being who ever lived. Probably no one in history achieved so much in so many different fields as this man did.

Leonardo lived from 1452 to 1519. He was an outstanding painter, sculptor, and architect; he also designed bridges, highways, weapons, costumes, and scientific instruments. He invented the diving bell and tank and designed flying machines, though they could not be built with the materials of the time. He made important discoveries about the structure of the human body.
Leonardo approached science and art in the same methodical manner. After studying a problem, he made many sketches to help him find a solution. He saw no difference between planning a machine and a painting, and he became an expert in every field that interested
By the time Leonardo was twenty years old, he was listed as a master of the painters' guild. His work had a great influence on other painters, because he was always trying new things, such as the use of chiaroscuro, a technique which creates contrasts of light and dark.
One of Leonardo's greatest works, The Last Supper, was painted in Milan. Even though it is one of the world's masterpieces, it was actually an unsuccessful experiment. Because he worked slowly, Leonardo painted in oil on a damp wall. As a result, the painting began to peel, and today it is quite badly damaged.
Leonardo was interested in studying the human body, and he dissected corpses to find out how the body was put together. He also made many discoveries about plant growth.
Probably the single most famous painting in the world, the Mona Lisa, was painted by Leonardo in Florence.

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