Leonardo Da Vinci’s Inventions and Other Contributions to Civilization

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Leonardo Da Vinci is a famed artist today due to his renowned painting of the ‘Mona Lisa’. In the 14th century, people of Venice would have known him as an engineer, people of Milan would have known him for his Last Supper, but only the people of Florence would have seen his whole character. Da Vinci is known as the archetypal Renaissance man, a man of “unquenchable curiosity” and “feverishly inventive imagination”. Da Vinci created many technologies and new innovations which were so advanced for his time and age that many scholars did not believe him. He contributed to civilisation through three main areas: art, science and engineering. In a small town near Florence called Vinci, on the 15th of April, 1452 Piero Da Vinci, and a peasant girl, Caterina bore a son who would become the start of a new era, the Renaissance. Leonardo Da Vinci was a illegitimate son this meant that he could not have a prestigious position such as a notary or a doctor. In a sense this was in his favour as he had the chance of perusing his own interests. Da Vinci was born in the Province of Florence. At the time Da Vinci was born, Florence had become a fast growing city, which was wealthy enough to fund many acknowledged craftsmen. This gave Da Vinci the chance to become the apprentice of the famous artist, goldsmith and sculptor Andrea del Verrocchio. Verrocchio at that time owned an important workshop in Florence and he shared his workshop with fellow colleagues such as; Domenico Ghirlandaio, Perugino, Botticello and Lorenzo de Credi. These men would have been scholars in; art, science and engineering. This granted Da Vinci to observe other professional fields of work and to get in contact with the different professions The field that Da Vinci is most ... ... middle of paper ... ...th Century." BBC News. BBC. Web. 05 May 2014. . Cenedella, Marc. 29 Jan. 2010 "Leonardo Da Vinci’s Resume." Cenedella RSS. Cenedella. Web. 15 Apr. 2014. . "Diving Apparatus." Leonardo Da Vinci. The British Library Board, n.d. Web. 28 Apr. 2014. . Da-vinci-inventions.com, (2014). Leonardo da Vinci's Robotic Knight Invention. [online] Available at: http://www.da-vinci-inventions.com/robotic-knight.aspx [Accessed 4 May. 2014]. "Leonardo Da Vinci (1452 - 1519)." Thames & Hudson Dictionary of the Italian Renaissance , the. London: Thames & Hudson, 2006. Credo Reference. Web. 6 May 2014. "Leonardo Da Vinci 1452-1519." BBC Science. BBC, Nov. 2010. Web. 06 May 2014. .

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