Who was Leonardo da Vinci?

The beginning of the sixteenth century is the most famous period of Italian art. It was the time of Michelangelo, Raphael, Dürer, Holbein, Giorgione, Titan, Correggio and many other famous masters.
Leonardo da Vinci was much more than an artist.
He was an astronomer, sculptor, geologist, mathematician, botanist, animal behaviourist, inventor, engineer, architect and even a musician.
He was all of these things and more.
As the world faces a new millennium Leonardo da Vinci remains one of the most fascinating people history has ever known.
He once said that "things of the mind left untested by the senses are useless."
Leonardo left little untested, yet few people know the amazing story behind the man often described as the embodiment of the Renaissance.

He had a keen eye and quick mind that led him to make important scientific discoveries, yet he never published his ideas.
He was a gentle vegetarian who loved animals and despised war, yet he worked as a military engineer to invent advanced and deadly weapons.
He was one of the greatest painters of the Italian Renaissance, yet he left only a handful of completed paintings.

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