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If you’ve never heard of Leonardo da Vinci, then consider this blog to be your introduction. Born during the Italian Renaissance, he is perhaps one of the cleverest human beings to have ever existed.

An expert in multiple field of study, including art, science and engineering, his influence and legacy has had a lasting impact on the modern era.

Today, we will be focusing on his life accomplishments with strong focus on his engineering prowess.

Early Life

Born in Vinci on 15th April 1452, Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci came into the world at “the third hour of the night”. He was the son of a woman outside of wedlock but due to the title of “ser” in his name, it is implied he was the son of a nobleman.

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A lot of Leonardo’s early life is entirely up to speculation, however it is known he had an informal education in geometry, Latin and mathematics and that, due to his father’s multiple marriages, nded up with twelve half-siblings.

At the age of fourteen, he became the apprentice of Andrea di Cione, one of the finest artists in Florence. In this position, he acquired the many skills and the knowledge which he would user later on in life.

By the time he was twenty, he qualified as a master in the Guild of Saint Luke, a city guild of artists in many places throughout Europe. His earliest known work is a pencil sketch of the Arno Valley, drawn on 4th August 1473.

Main Accomplishments

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Leonardo da Vinci’s work is known throughout the world. Tourists flock all the way to Europe to see some of his most famous works, such as the Mona Lisa in the Louvre Museum, Paris.

But the Mona Lisa wasn’t his only masterpiece. He is also known for painting the Last Supper, a massive painting the famous scene before Jesus crucifiction. The Vitruvian Man is another example of some of his iconic artistry.

In addition to producing wonderful pieces of art, he made maps, drew anatomical studies, designed buildings, and even came up with his own inventions such as the famous flying machine.


Because of these accomplishments, da Vinci has been credited for the invention of the parachute, the helicopter and the tank. In short, his contributions to science and engineering have thus far been unmatched by any other individual.

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