Leonardo da Vinci (April 15, 1452-May 2, 1519) is the paradigm of a Renaissance man, or polymath. A painter, sculptor, engineer, inventor, mathematician, scientist, architect, botanist, writer, musician, and anatomist, da Vinci is widely considered to be one of the greatest artists in the history of art. Primarily renowned for his paintings and drawings, da Vinci was influential during the High Renaissance, living and working in Florence, Milan, Roman, Bologna, and Venice. In addition to his incredible contributions to painting, he has recently been praised for his technological ingenuity, as his inventions and discoveries range from advances in anatomy and physiology to the conceptualization of helicopters. 500 years after the height of his career, da Vinci remains the subject of relentless curiosity and admiration. His Mona Lisa, Last Supper, Vitruvian Man, and John the Baptist are some of the most iconic images today, and cannot be ignored as emblems of the Western artistic tradition.
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