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"Beyond a doubt truth bears the same relation to falsehood as light to darkness." -- Leonardo da Vinci
Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci () (April 15, 1452 — May 2, 1519) was an Italian polymath: painter, sculptor, architect, musician, scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist and writer.Leonardo has often been described as the archetype of the Renaissance man, a man whose unquenchable curiosity was equaled only by his powers of invention. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest painters of all time and perhaps the most diversely talented person ever to have lived. According to art historian Helen Gardner, the scope and depth of his interests were without precedent and "his mind and personality seem to us superhuman, the man himself mysterious and remote". Marco Rosci points out, however, that while there is much speculation about Leonardo, his vision of the world is essentially logical rather than mysterious, and that the empirical methods he employed were unusual for his time.

Born the illegitimate son of a notary, Piero da Vinci, and a peasant woman, Caterina, at Vinci in the region of Florence, Leonardo was educated in the studio of the renowned Florentine painter, Verrocchio. Much of his earlier working life was spent in the service of Ludovico il Moro in Milan. He later worked in Rome, Bologna and Venice and spent his last years in France, at the home awarded him by Francis I.

Leonardo was and is renowned primarily as a painter. Two of his works, the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper, are the most famous, most reproduced and most parodied portrait and religious paintings of all time, respectively, their fame approached only by Michelangelo's Creation of Adam. Leonardo's drawing of the Vitruvian Man is also regarded as a cultural icon, being reproduced on everything from the euro to text books to t-shirts. Perhaps fifteen of his paintings survive, the small number due to his constant, and frequently disastrous, experimentation with new techniques, and his chronic procrastination. Nevertheless, these few works, together with his notebooks, which contain drawings, scientific diagrams, and his thoughts on the nature of painting, compose a contribution to later generations of artists only rivalled by that of his contemporary, Michelangelo.

Leonardo is revered for his technological ingenuity. He conceptualised a helicopter, a tank, concentrated solar power, a calculator, the double hull and outlined a rudimentary theory of plate tectonics. Relatively few of his designs were constructed or were even feasible during his lifetime, but some of his smaller inventions, such as an automated bobbin winder and a machine for testing the tensile strength of wire, entered the world of manufacturing unheralded. As a scientist, he greatly advanced the state of knowledge in the fields of anatomy, civil engineering, optics, and hydrodynamics.

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Total Books: 129
The Leonardo da Vinci Sketchbook Learn the art of drawing with the master
A Treatise on Painting
2016 - A Treatise on Painting (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781532847677
ISBN-10: 153284767X
Genre: Arts & Photography

El Tratado de la pintura
2016 - El Tratado De La Pintura [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781530733859
ISBN-10: 1530733855
Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home

The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci Complete  Illustrated
2014 - The Notebooks of Leonardo Da VInci Complete Illustrated (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781502373151
ISBN-10: 1502373157
Genre: Arts & Photography

De Divina Proportione  facsimile in full color of the original version of 1509
2014 - De Divina Proportione Facsimile in Full Color of the Original Version of 1509 [On the Divine Proportion] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781500830649
ISBN-10: 150083064X
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Leonardo's Notebooks
2013 - Leonardo's Notebooks (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781579129460
ISBN-10: 1579129463
Genres: Arts & Photography, Biographies & Memoirs

The Art of Painting
2013 - The Art of Painting (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781566490559
ISBN-10: 1566490553
Genre: Arts & Photography

The Philosophical Diary of Leonardo da Vinci
2012 - The Philosophical Diary of Leonardo Da VInci (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781566490597
ISBN-10: 1566490596
Genres: Arts & Photography, Politics & Social Sciences

Leonardo da Vinci Painter The Complete Works
2012 - Leonardo Da VInci Painter the Complete Works (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9788836621446
ISBN-10: 8836621449
Genre: Arts & Photography

The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci
2010 - The Notebooks of Leonardo Da VInci (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781453772072
ISBN-10: 1453772073
Genre: Arts & Photography

The Literary Works of Leonardo da Vinci Vol 1
2010 - The Literary Works of Leonardo Da VInci Vol 1 [Classic Reprint] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781440063756
ISBN-10: 1440063753

The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci  Volume 1
2010 - The Notebooks of Leonardo Da VInci Volume 1 (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781153715096
ISBN-10: 1153715090

The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci  Volume 2
2010 - The Notebooks of Leonardo Da VInci Volume 2 (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781153715102
ISBN-10: 1153715104

The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci  Complete
2010 - The Notebooks of Leonardo Da VInci Complete (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781153715119
ISBN-10: 1153715112

Thoughts on Art and Life
2010 - Thoughts on Art and Life (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781153822572
ISBN-10: 1153822571
Genre: Teen & Young Adult

Trattato Della Pittura
2010 - Trattato Della Pittura [Preceded by a Life of the Author by C. Amoretti - Italian Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781142378011
ISBN-10: 1142378012

Das Buch Von Der Malerei Deutsche Ausgabe Nach Dem Codex Vaticanus 1270
2009 - Das Buch Von Der Malerei Deutsche Ausgabe Nach Dem Codex Vaticanus 1270 [1882 - German Edition] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781120504586
ISBN-10: 1120504589
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Das Buch Von Der Malerei V1 Nach Dem Codex Vaticanus 1270
2009 - Das Buch Von Der Malerei V1 Nach Dem Codex Vaticanus 1270 [1882 - German Edition] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781120512420
ISBN-10: 1120512425
Genre: Literature & Fiction

2008 - Inventions (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781406318289
ISBN-10: 1406318280

2008 - Notebooks [Penguin Classics] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780140449655
ISBN-10: 0140449655
Genre: Arts & Photography

L'uomo e la natura
2008 - L'uomo E La Natura (Other)
ISBN-13: 9788807820151
ISBN-10: 8807820153
Genre: Politics & Social Sciences

2006 - Leonardo Da VInci Stained Glass Coloring Book [Stained Glass Colouring Books] (Paperback)
2005 - Tratado De Pintura [Clasicos de la literatura series] (Paperback)
2005 - Escritos Literarios [Neometropolis] (Paperback)
2005 - Cuaderno De Notas [Clasicos de la literatura series] (Paperback)
2004 - Renaissance Fables Aesopic Prose V 260 [Medieval Renaissance Texts Studies Series] (Hardcover)
2003 - Prophecies [100 Pages] (Paperback)
2002 - Leonardo 16 Art Stickers [Fine Art Stickers] (Paperback)
2000 - La Regola Francescana [Italian Edition] (Paperback)
1999 - Profezie Prophezeiungen [German Edition] (Paperback)
1980 - Leonardo Drawings [Dover Art Library] (Paperback)
1970 - Literary Works [v. 1 & 2] (Hardcover)
Notebooks Selections [WORLD'S CLASSICS] (Hardcover)
Complete Paintings [Classics of World Art] (Hardcover)
Drawings [Master Draughtsman S] (Paperback)
Paintings and Drawings [Little Library of Art] (Paperback)
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