Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci (Italian pronunciation: [leoˈnardo da ˈvintʃi] pronunciation (help·info)) (April 15, 1452 – May 2, 1519, Old Style) was an Italian Renaissance polymath: painter, sculptor, architect, musician, scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer. His genius, perhaps more than that of any other figure, epitomized the Renaissance humanist ideal. Leonardo has often been described as the archetype of the Renaissance Man, a man of "unquenchable curiosity" and "feverishly inventive imagination". He is widely considered to be one of the greatest painters of all time and perhaps the most diversely talented person ever to have lived. According to art historian Helen Gardner, the scope and depth of his interests were without precedent and "his mind and personality seem to us superhuman, the man himself mysterious and remote". Marco Rosci states that while there is much speculation about Leonardo, his vision of the world is essentially logical rather than mysterious, and that the empirical methods he employed were unusual for his time.

Born out of wedlock to a notary, Piero da Vinci, and a peasant woman, Caterina, at Vinci in the region of Florence, Leonardo was educated in the studio of the renowned Florentine painter, Verrocchio. Much of his earlier working life was spent in the service of Ludovico il Moro in Milan. He later worked in Rome, Bologna and Venice, and he spent his last years in France at the home awarded him by Francis I.

Leonardo was and is renowned primarily as a painter. Among his works, the Mona Lisa is the most famous and most parodied portrait and The Last Supper the most reproduced religious painting of all time, with their fame approached only by Michelangelo's The Creation of Adam. Leonardo's drawing of the Vitruvian Man is also regarded as a cultural icon, being reproduced on items as varied as the euro, textbooks, and T-shirts. Perhaps fifteen of his paintings survive, the small number because of his constant, and frequently disastrous, experimentation with new techniques, and his chronic procrastination. Nevertheless, these few works, together with his notebooks, which contain drawings, scientific diagrams, and his thoughts on the nature of painting, compose a contribution to later generations of artists rivalled only by that of his contemporary, Michelangelo. (Wikipedia)

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Simple Reminders by Leonardo da Vinci

Amazing Quotes by Leonardo da Vinci

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. ~Leonardo da Vinci http://smpl.ws/ba (57)

I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do. ~Leonardo da Vinci http://smpl.ws/ba (-6)

Art is never finished, only abandoned. ~Leonardo da Vinci http://smpl.ws/ba (61)

There are three classes of people: those who see. Those who see when they are shown. Those who do not see. ~Leonardo da Vinci (14)

A well-spent day brings happy sleep. ~Leonardo da Vinci http://smpl.ws/ba (63)

Where the spirit does not work with the hand there is no art. ~Leonardo da Vinci http://smpl.ws/ba (38)

Time stays long enough for anyone who will use it. ~Leonardo da Vinci http://smpl.ws/ba (49)

You can have no dominion greater or less than that over yourself. ~Leonardo da Vinci http://smpl.ws/ba (34)

The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding. ~Leonardo da Vinci http://smpl.ws/ba (50)

While I thought that I was learning how to live, I have been learning how to die. ~Leonardo da Vinci http://smpl.ws/ba (18)

Where there is shouting, there is no true knowledge. ~Leonardo da Vinci http://smpl.ws/ba (47)

The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions. ~Leonardo da Vinci http://smpl.ws/ba (38)

It's easier to resist at the beginning than at the end. ~Leonardo da Vinci http://smpl.ws/ba (44)

Learning never exhausts the mind. ~Leonardo da Vinci http://smpl.ws/ba (66)

Nature never breaks her own laws. ~Leonardo da Vinci http://smpl.ws/ba (66)

He who wishes to be rich in a day will be hanged in a year. ~Leonardo da Vinci http://smpl.ws/ba (40)

Our life is made by the death of others. ~Leonardo da Vinci http://smpl.ws/ba (59)

All our knowledge has its origins in our perceptions. ~Leonardo da Vinci http://smpl.ws/ba (46)