INVENTOR

Leonardo da Vinci

1452 - 1519

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Leonardo da Vinci (15 April 1452 – 2 May 1519) was an Italian polymath of the High Renaissance who was active as a painter, draughtsman, engineer, scientist, theorist, sculptor and architect. While his fame initially rested on his achievements as a painter, he also became known for his notebooks, in which he made drawings and notes on a variety of subjects, including anatomy, astronomy, botany, cartography, painting, and paleontology. Leonardo's genius epitomized the Renaissance humanist ideal, and his collective works compose a contribution to later generations of artists matched only by that of his younger contemporary, Michelangelo.Born out of wedlock to a successful notary and a lower-class woman in, or near, Vinci, he was educated in Florence by the Italian painter and sculptor Andrea del Verrocchio. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Leonardo da Vinci has received more than 25,381,735 page views. His biography is available in 221 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 215 in 2019). Leonardo da Vinci is the most popular inventor, the most popular biography from Italy and the most popular Italian Inventor.

Leonardo da Vinci is most famous for his paintings of the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper.

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Among INVENTORS

Among inventors, Leonardo da Vinci ranks 1 out of 355After him are Thomas Edison, Johannes Gutenberg, Nikola Tesla, James Watt, Alexander Graham Bell, Henry Ford, Karl Benz, Guglielmo Marconi, Rudolf Diesel, Louis Braille, and Charles Babbage.

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Contemporaries

Among people born in 1452, Leonardo da Vinci ranks 1After him are Richard III of England, Ferdinand II of Aragon, Girolamo Savonarola, Ludovico Sforza, Abraham Zacuto, Joanna, Princess of Portugal, and Prospero Colonna. Among people deceased in 1519, Leonardo da Vinci ranks 1After him are Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor, Lucrezia Borgia, Vasco Núñez de Balboa, Lorenzo de' Medici, Duke of Urbino, Johann Tetzel, Francesco II Gonzaga, Marquess of Mantua, Michael Wolgemut, Juan de Flandes, Madeleine de La Tour d'Auvergne, Ambrosius Holbein, and Hōjō Sōun.

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In Italy

Among people born in Italy, Leonardo da Vinci ranks 1 out of 4,088After him are Julius Caesar (-100), Galileo Galilei (1564), Marco Polo (1254), Michelangelo (1475), Christopher Columbus (1451), Archimedes (-287), Augustus (-63), Dante Alighieri (1265), Raphael (1483), Antonio Vivaldi (1678), and Niccolò Machiavelli (1469).

Among INVENTORS In Italy

Among inventors born in Italy, Leonardo da Vinci ranks 1After him are Guglielmo Marconi (1874), Antonio Meucci (1808), Bartolomeo Cristofori (1655), Johann Maria Farina (1685), Ottaviano Petrucci (1466), and Max Valier (1895).