Leonardo Da Vinci: the Renaissance Man Essay

727 Words Nov 3rd, 2010 3 Pages
Leonardo da Vinci:
The Renaissance Man

Leonardo da Vinci was a true epitome of the Renaissance man. He was a philosopher, musician, geologist, anatomist, inventor, scientist, architect, engineer, mathematician, botanist, writer, cartographer, sculptor and painter. He was born into the Renaissance age and was a genius of a man. Leonardo was a man whose unquenchable curiosity was equaled only by his powers of invention. He seemed to be interested in everything and was very detail oriented (Leonardo da Vinci, Renaissance Man). He studied, experimented, discovered, conceptualized and communicated on an almost incomprehensible range of topics during his life from 1452-1519 (da Vinci-The Genius). He is widely considered to be one of
…show more content…
Leonardo stayed in the workshop until 1477 and then went out on his own (Renaissance Man). Leonardo da Vinci was a chronic procrastinator. Only a small number of his paintings survived because of that and his frequently disastrous, experimentation with new techniques. His interests were so broad, that he usually failed to finish what he started. He spent most of his time studying science, either by going out into nature and observing or by locking himself away in his workshop cutting up cadavers or pondering universal truths (Renaissance Man). In addition to the few paintings Leonardo completed he discovered that a tree’s rings reveal its age (Leonardo da Vinci, Renaissance Man). His respect for life was evident by his vegetarianism and his habit of purchasing caged birds and releasing them. He designed weapons such as the catapult, a vast number of inventions including musical instruments, hydraulic pumps, reversible crank mechanisms, finned mortar shells, steam cannon, and an armored tank. Leonardo was fascinated by the phenomenon of flight and produced plans for several flying machines, including a light hang glider and a machine resembling a helicopter (Leonardo da Vinci, Great Artist and Inventor). In conclusion, it is impossible not to view Leonardo did Vinci with awe. His art is famous throughout the world. Many of his paintings can be found in Paris, France, at the Louvre, one of the largest

Related Documents