Italian artist, engineer, and scientist Leonardo da Vinci.

Leonardo da Vinci

(1452 - 1519)

At the age of fifteen Leonardo da Vinci began a ten-year apprenticeship with Andrea del Verrocchio, during which time he was accepted into the Florentine painters’ guild. In 1482 he moved to Milan, serving for the next seventeen years as Duke Ludovico Sforza’s official “painter and engineer.” Though fewer than twenty of his paintings survive, Leonardo is considered one of the most influential painters of all time. The archetypal Renaissance man, he was also an inventor, architect, and engineer, and his numerous notebooks suggest designs for, among other things, an ornithopter, an automated bobbin-winder, and a parachute.

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Nature never breaks her own laws.

—Leonardo da Vinci, c. 1500

Art lives from constraints and dies from freedom.

—Leonardo da Vinci, c. 1480

God sells us all things at the price of labor.

—Leonardo da Vinci, c. 1500

Man and animals are really the conduit of food, the sepulcher of animals, and resting place of the dead, one causing the death of the other, making themselves the covering for the corruption of other dead bodies.

—Leonardo da Vinci, c. 1500

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