10 Interesting Facts About Leonardo Da Vinci

Painter, inventor, architect and a scientific genius, Leonardo da Vinci (1452- 1519) was an Italian genius who was rightly called the “Renaissance Man.” Today, he known for all things related to science and nature and of course the very famous paintings- The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa. Here are 10 more interesting facts about Leonardo da Vinci.

#1. Family life

Leonardo Da Vinci

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Leonardo Da Vinci was the illegitimate child of Ser Piero da Vinci and a local woman called Caterina. Though he was the only child they had together, but he ended up having 17 other siblings. His father married four times and his mother married another man.

#2. Codex Leicester

His manuscript, the Codex Leicester was bought by Bill Gates in 1995 for $30 million. This is the only manuscript that is held outside of Europe and includes his studies on water movement and hydraulics.

#3. Didn’t finish what he started

Didn’t finish what he started


Very often, he would take commissions but would never actually finish the work. This included creating an altarpiece for a chapel in Signoria. His other famous incomplete work include the Mona Lisa and The Adoration of Magi which shows a moment between the Christ child, Mary and three kings. Even this unfinished work is displayed in Florence.

#4. Biggest Project

He has produced various masterpieces but his biggest and most substantial project was to complete a 16-foot statue of Duke of Milan’s father on a horseback. He worked on it for 12 years but before completion, French forces invaded Milan and destroyed the statue.

#5. Dissecting Corpses

Da Vinci was especially interested in human anatomy and during 1480s this interest of replicating the anatomy in his art led him to dissect various human and animal corpses. It is believed that his artworks depicting the vascular system, heart, genitals and other body parts were the first depictions of their kind.

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