The Genius of Leonardo da Vinci
By any standards, Leonardo da Vinci is one of the greatest minds to ever have lived. His fame is not only a product of his multi-talented life as a painter, architect, mechanic, scientist, geologist, writer, musician, physicist, and inventor, but also the quality of his vision and the caliber of his mind. There was no man before him, and as of yet, no man since that has been able to combine the worlds of art and science as masterfully as Leonardo da Vinci did.
Leonardo was an illegitimate child, born in the village of Vinci, from where his family took their name. Because he showed a talent for drawing at an early age, his father apprenticed him to Andrea del Verrocchio, a famous artist who owned a workshop and guided Leonardo through the many elements of art. When he was old enough, Leonardo sought employment with different persons of royal status. Part of the reason why Leonardo sought employment, other than painting and drawing was because this was a time of war in Italy, and sculptors and architects were high in demand, not for their artistic skills, but for their knowledge of engineering. While he was working as a military architect slash advisor, Leonardo worked on some of his most memorable designs. According to Bern Dibner, in his book Inventing Leonardo, it is the life of Leonardo da Vinci during this time frame that has inspired many different people of history as well as people of the present.
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Today I would like to show you why Leonardo da Vinci is a man that will always be considered one of the greatest people to have ever lived.
Although Leonardo was quite man, his work spoke for itself. Through his work as a painter and inventor, we have learned that Leonardo was a perfectionist. He loved what he was doing and put every bit of effort he had in his body, to each of the tasks he faced. He painted such masterpieces as The Mona Lisa, and The Last Supper, as...