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Why Leonardo Da Vinci Is Called the Renaissance Man?

Leonardo Da Vinci, an artist, scientist, inventor, mathematician, engineer, and architect, was among the first great thinkers to apply the scientific method to his philosophies. He performed detailed experiments, in particular on the nature of frictional forces, from which he made observations and followed up by making theories which lead to new experiments. His work at the end of the 1400's preceded that of Newton by nearly 200 years.

Leonardo da Vinci was born in 1452 in Vinci, Italy. He was the illegitimate son of Master Piero, a public notary, and a peasant girl named Caterina. Leonardo was the supreme example of Renaissance genius, who possessed one of the greatest minds of all time. As a painter, Leonardo produced such masterpieces as the "Virgin of the Rocks" (1483), the "Last Supper" (1495-97), and "Mona Lisa" (1503-06). He produced only seventeen finished paintings while hundreds of others remained unfinished.

As an architect, Leonardo worked on the cathedral of Milan and the restoration of the cathedral at Piacenza. As an engineer and scientist he investigated problems in geology, botany, hydraulics, mechanics, aerodynamics, and anatomy. In fact, art was the biggest part of Leonardo's life because he was constantly looking for an interesting subject to paint about. He did not create many paintings and most of what he did remained unfinished but all of his art remains as modern day treasures. The Mona Lisa is probably Leonardo's most influential and famous work because it is depicted with many scientific innovations and has inspirited many generations to create.

The Mona Lisa, also known as the "La Giaconda", is the most famous, most visited and the most studied portrait ever painted, and also has a lot of unanswered questions to it. It is truly the...