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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).
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