Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci (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 ... more »
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''Life well spent is long.''Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519), Italian artist, scientist. Leonardo da Vinci's Notebooks, bk. 1, ch. 1, ed. and trans. by Edward McCurdy (1906).
''The function of muscle is to pull and not to push, except in the case of the genitals and the tongue.''Leonardo Da Vinci (1425-1519), Italian artist, scientist. The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci, vol. 1, ch. 3, ed. Edward MacCurdy (1938).
In the first place, sculpture is dependent on certain lights, namely those from above, while a picture carries everywhere with it its own light and shade; light and shade therefore are essential to sc...Leonardo Da Vinci (1425-1519), Italian artist, scientist. Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci, vol. 1, ed. Edward MacCurdy (1938).