Leonardo da Vinci

1452 - 1519

Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci (Italian: [leoˈnardo di ˌsɛr ˈpjɛːro da (v)ˈvintʃi] (listen); 14/15 April 1452 – 2 May 1519), known as Leonardo da Vinci (English: LEE-ə-NAR-doh də VIN-chee, LEE-oh-, LAY-oh-), was an Italian polymath of the Renaissance whose areas of interest included invention, drawing, painting, sculpture, architecture, science, music, mathematics, engineering, literature, anatomy, geology, astronomy, botany, paleontology, and cartography. He has been variously called the father of palaeontology, ichnology, and architecture, and is widely considered one of the greatest painters of all time (despite perhaps only 15 of his paintings having survived).Born out of wedlock to a notary, Piero da Vinci, and a peasant woman, Caterina, in Vinci, in the region of Florence, Italy, Leonardo was educated in the studio of the renowned Italian painter Andrea del Verrocchio. Much of his earlier working life was spent in the service of Ludovico il Moro in Milan, and he later worked in Rome, Bologna and Venice. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Leonardo da Vinci has received more than 20,196,346 page views. His biography is available in 215 different languages on Wikipedia making him the most popular inventor.

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Among inventors, Leonardo da Vinci ranks 1 out of 323After him are Thomas Edison, Johannes Gutenberg, Nikola Tesla, James Watt, Alexander Graham Bell, Karl Benz, Henry Ford, Guglielmo Marconi, Rudolf Diesel, Louis Braille, and Samuel Morse.

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Among people born in 1452, Leonardo da Vinci ranks 1After him are Richard III of England, Girolamo Savonarola, Ferdinand II of Aragon, Ludovico Sforza, Abraham Zacuto, 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, Juan de Flandes, Madeleine de La Tour d'Auvergne, Michael Wolgemut, Hōjō Sōun, and Ambrosius Holbein.

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Among people born in Italy, Leonardo da Vinci ranks 1 out of 3,282After him are Marco Polo (1254), Christopher Columbus (1451), Galileo Galilei (1564), Julius Caesar (-100), Michelangelo (1475), Archimedes (-287), Dante Alighieri (1265), Augustus (-63), Raphael (1483), Antonio Vivaldi (1678), and Niccolò Machiavelli (1469).