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Leonardo da Vinci
April 15, 1452 – May 2, 1519

Complete Name : Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci

Occupation: Italian polymath, scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, painter, sculptor, architect, botanist, musician, writer, and political personality

Remembered as : the Eternal Renaissance Man

Art Movement: High Renaissance

Best Known Works: Mona Lisa (painting),
The Last Supper (painting), The Vitruvian Man (sketch)

Field of study: Too many and diverse to enumerate (in the arts and sciences)

Status: never married

Children: none

Leonardo da Vinci, a self-portrait at age 67
Leonardo da Vinci, a self-portrait

Leonardo da Vinci has often been described as the archetype of the renaissance man, one whose unquenchable curiosity was equaled only by his powers of invention. Italian polymath, scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, painter, sculptor, architect, botanist, musician and writer. In modern day parlance, one would say that he is the archetypal model for geeks around the world.

Biography & Geek Symptoms
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..in 1482, Leonardo was an accomplished enough artist and musician to have impressed Lorenzo de Medici -- the de facto political leader of the Florentine Republic -- with the artistic craftsmanship and tonal quality of a silver lyre that Leonardo himself crafted in the likeness of a horse's head, Lorenzo asked Leonardo to personally deliver said lyre to Ludovico il Moro, the Duke of Milan, to bear it as gift in order to secure peace between the regions of Florence and Milan. Leonardo would offer his services to the Duke of Milan, humbly describing the many marvelous and diverse things that he could achieve in the field of engineering and informing the Duke that he could also paint
..from 1482 until 1499, Leonardo worked in Milan in the service of Ludovico il Moro, working on numerous projects big and small for the lord. All the while, Leonardo also accepted commissions from various groups, for it was during this time that he painted "Virgin of the Rocks" for the Confraternity of the Immaculate Conception, and "The Last Supper" for the monastery of Santa Maria delle Grazie. He also maintained a household wherein he accepted pupils and apprentices.
..in 1499, Leonardo and compatriots fled Milan for Venice, escaping the French invasion and overthrow of Ludovico il Moro. With him came his assistant, long-time companion and favorite pupil, Salai, and the mathematician Luca Pacioli. In Venice, Leonardo was employed as a military architect and engineer, devising methods to defend the city from naval attack.

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..in 1500, Leonardo and his household returned to Florence. Over the next decade, he would travel back and forth between Florence and Milan, serve under Cesare Borgia, the son of Pope Alexander VI, as military architect and engineer, and produce the cartoon of "The Virgin and Child with St. Anne and St. John the Baptist", and a great mural of "The Battle for Anghiari", a prime example of Leonardo's work that did not survive, for it is believed to be still hidden beneath later frescoes in the Hall of Five Hundred in the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence.
..prior to his death in 1519, Leonardo became close friends with King Francis I of France, who had recaptured Milan in 1515, and for whom Leonardo undertook a commission of a mechanical lion which could walk forward then open its chest to reveal a cluster of lilies. In 1516, Leonardo entered the service of Francis I, and was awarded a home in France near the king's own residence. Here in the manor house Clos Luce Leonardo passed away, accompanied by his friend, apprentice, companion and favorite pupil, the Count Francesco Melzi

< Leonardo's "Milestones in Ingenuity" >
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Some über-neat stuff Leonardo would most likely have:

Leonardo Da Vinci: 1452-1519: The Complete Paintings and Drawings (Taschen 25th Anniversary) (Hardcover)
Complete works of the Master

Leonardo Da Vinci: 1452-1519:
The Complete Paintings and Drawings (Taschen 25th Anniversary) (Hardcover)

by Frank Zollner (Author), Johannes Nathan (Author)

All the paintings of Leonardo da Vinci are interpreted in depth, and all of his surviving and lost painted works are examined, with text describing their states of preservation. There is also an extensive catalogue of his drawings (numbering in the thousands, they cannot all be reproduced in one book); 663 are presented, arranged by category (architecture, technical, anatomical, figures, proportion, cartography, etc). This sumptuous TASCHEN offering is the most thorough and beautifully produced Leonardo book ever published. <click to see more>

Leonardo Da Vinci's Mona Lisa Mounted Art Poster 24" x 36"
The Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo Da Vinci's Mona Lisa Mounted Art Poster 24" x 36"
(From Adam Hersch Posters)

This poster shows Leonardo da Vinci's famous painting Mona Lisa. This poster measures approx. 24" x 36" Mona Lisa is a 16th century oil painting on poplar wood by Leonardo da Vinci, and is arguably the most famous painting in the world. Few works of art have been subject to as much scrutiny, study, mythologizing and parody. The painting depicts a woman whose gaze meets the viewer's with an enigmatic. expression. Leonardo da Vinci was an Italian architect, anatomist, sculptor, engineer, inventor, mathematician, musician, scientist, and painter. <click to see more>

Da Vinci's The Last Supper Mounted Art Poster 16" x 20"
The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci

Da Vinci's "The Last Supper"
Wood-Mounted Art Poster 16" x 20
"

The Last Supper is a 15th century mural painting which measures 15 feet x 29 feet and covers the back wall of the dining hall at Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan, Italy. It was created by Leonardo da Vinci for his patron Duke Ludovico Sforza and his duchess Beatrice d'Este. It represents the scene of The Last Supper from the final days of Jesus as narrated in the Gospel of John 13:21, when Jesus announces that one of his Twelve Apostles would betray him. This Art poster comes mounted on colored wood. It is laminated directly to a board and the edges are finished with a bevel, protecting it against moisture, UV light, smudges and scratches.
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Lady with an Ermine Cecilia Gallerani Mounted Poster 11" x 17"
The Lady with an Ermine
by Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci's "Lady with an Ermine"
(Cecilia Gallerani) Wood-Mounted Art Poster 11" x 17
"(from Adam Hersh Posters)

Leonardo da Vinci's "Lady with an Ermine" was painted around 1489–1490 in oils on wooden panel at a time when the medium of oil paint was relatively new to Italy, having been introduced in the 1470s. Leonardo was one of the few who adopted the use of oil paint and skillfully exploited its qualities. The subject of the portrait is identified as Cecilia Gallerani, and was probably painted at a time when she was 16 years old and the mistress of Lodovico Sforza, Duke of Milan, and Leonardo was in the service of the Duke. The painting is one of only four female portraits painted by Leonardo, the most prominent of which is the Mona Lisa. <click to see more>

Da Vinci For Dummies (Paperback)
A reference book
that is all about Da Vinci

Da Vinci For Dummies (Paperback)
by Jessica Teisch Ph.D (Author), Tracy Barr (Contributor)

Just who was this quintessential Renaissance man?

Da Vinci For Dummies delivers the straight scoop — from his secret journals and inventions to his detailed research on human anatomy. Discover ..
* Leonardo's contributions and modern day influence
* Breakthrough scientific discoveries and inventions
* The real story of the Mona Lisa
* The religious symbolism in The Last Supper
* The facts, fiction, codes, conspiracies, & more!

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The Da Vinci Code (Two-Disc Extended Cut + BD Live) [Blu-ray]
The Blockbuster movie on Blu-ray

The Da Vinci Code (Two-Disc Extended Cut + BD Live) [Blu-ray]
Starring: Tom Hanks, Audrey Tautou // Directed by: Ron Howard

Dan Brown's international bestseller comes alive in the film The Da Vinci Code, directed by Ron Howard with a screenplay by Akiva Goldsman. Join symbologist Robert Langdon (Academy Award® Winner Tom Hanks, 1993 Best Actor, Philadelphia, and 1994 Best Actor, Forrest Gump) and cryptologist Sophie Neveu (Audrey Tautou) in their heart-racing quest to solve a bizarre murder mystery that will take them from France to England – and behind the veil of a mysterious ancient society, where they discover a secret protected since the time of Christ.
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Leonardo Da Vinci's Vitruvian Man 1492 Wood-Mounted Poster Print 11" X 14"
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Leonardo Da Vinci's Vitruvian Man 1492 Wood-Mounted Poster Print 11" X 14"
(From Adam Hersch Posters)

One of the most iconical and easily recognized works of the master, Da Vinci's sketch of The Vitruvian Man exemplifies the blend of art and science during the Renaissance and provides the perfect example of Leonardo's keen interest in proportion. This picture represents a cornerstone of Leonardo's attempts to relate man to nature.

This poster print is 11" x 14" and comes mounted on a colored-wood frame, laminated directly to a board and edges finished with a bevel to protect against moisture, UV light, smudges and scratches. <click to see more>

Da Vinci's Vitruvian Man Statue Cold Cast with Bronze Finish
The Vitruvian Man, Cold Cast
Statue in Bronze Finish

Da Vinci's Vitruvian Man Real Bronze Powder Cast 8-1/2" Statue

Da Vinci's 'The Vitruvian Man' is a world-renowned drawing (with accompanying notes) recorded in his journal, it depicts a nude male figure in standing in two superimposed positions with arms and legs apart. The figure is inscribed in both a circle and a square. The drawing is sometimes called the 'Canon of Proportions' or 'Proportions of Man'. It is based on some hints at correlations of ideal human proportions and geometry in Book III of the treatise De Architectura by Vitruvius, the ancient Roman architect.

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Leonardo: The Artist and the Man (Paperback)
An exploration of the artist and the man

Leonardo: The Artist and the Man
By Serge Bramly, Leonardo Da Vinci

First published in France, Serge Bramly's acclaimed biography reveals Leonardo to be as complicated, seductive, and profoundly sympathetic as the figures he painted. Bramly spent five years gathering evidence to reconstruct the artist's life--from his early years as an illegitimate child to his death in the arms of the King of France. Four pages of color photographs; 75 B&W photos.

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Leonardo's Notebooks By Leonardo da Vinci
See all the works of the Master

Leonardo's Notebooks (Hardcover)
By Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo’s Notebooks collects a variety of the most fascinating of his studies and compiles them into one monumental volume that demystifies his insights and clearly illustrates his ideas, experiments, and observations with hundreds of his original sketches, line drawings, and paintings. Topics include Anatomy and the Movement of the Human Figure; Botany and Landscape; Engineering and Military Engineering; Physical Sciences; Aerodynamics and Flight; Geography—and more.

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The Da Vinci Code DVD (Widescreen Two-Disc Special Edition)
The Blockbuster movie in
Special Edition DVDs

The Da Vinci Code DVD (Widescreen Two-Disc Special Edition)

Critics and controversy aside, The Da Vinci Code is a verifiable blockbuster. Combine the film's huge worldwide box-office take with over 100 million copies of Dan Brown's book sold, and The Da Vinci Code has clearly made the leap from pop-culture hit to a certifiable franchise.

Just as the movie is intended to make the book come to life, the DVD extras should make the film come to life by pointing the audience into the world of the filmmakers, connecting the dots between print and film, and for the most part they do just that. <click to see more>

Beyond the Da Vinci Code DVD (History Channel)
The real story behind the Bestseller

Beyond the Da Vinci Code DVD (History Channel)

Did jesus marry mary magdalene? have their descendants been protected by a secret society from the dark ages up to the present?drawing on th pages of the best-seller the bible & commentary from esteemed scholars around the world this investigates these questions & more. Studio: A&e Home Video Release Date: 06/28/2005 Run time: 90 minutes

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Da Vinci and the Code He Lived By (DVD, History Channel)
The History Channel presents
Leonardo da Vinci

Da Vinci and the Code He Lived By (DVD, History Channel)

Renowned as the "Mind of the Renaissance," the genius of Leonardo da Vinci reaches beyond the centuries. Painter, sculptor, engineer, and scientist, in each field Leonardo da Vinci was both master and pioneer. Creator of some of the world's great artistic masterpieces, such as the Last Supper and the Mona Lisa, he was also a visionary whose fantastic inventions would become reality only hundreds of years after his death.

<click to see more>

Leonardo Da Vinci: 1452-1519: The Complete Paintings and Drawings (Taschen 25th Anniversary) (Hardcover)
Complete works of the Master

Leonardo Da Vinci: 1452-1519:
The Complete Paintings and Drawings (Taschen 25th Anniversary) (Hardcover)

by Frank Zollner (Author), Johannes Nathan (Author)

All the paintings of Leonardo da Vinci are interpreted in depth, and all of his surviving and lost painted works are examined, with text describing their states of preservation. There is also an extensive catalogue of his drawings (numbering in the thousands, they cannot all be reproduced in one book); 663 are presented, arranged by category (architecture, technical, anatomical, figures, proportion, cartography, etc). This sumptuous TASCHEN offering is the most thorough and beautifully produced Leonardo book ever published. <click to see more>

Leonardo Da Vinci: 1452-1519: The Complete Paintings and Drawings (Taschen 25th Anniversary) (Hardcover)
Complete works of the Master

Leonardo Da Vinci: 1452-1519:
The Complete Paintings and Drawings (Taschen 25th Anniversary) (Hardcover)

by Frank Zollner (Author), Johannes Nathan (Author)

All the paintings of Leonardo da Vinci are interpreted in depth, and all of his surviving and lost painted works are examined, with text describing their states of preservation. There is also an extensive catalogue of his drawings (numbering in the thousands, they cannot all be reproduced in one book); 663 are presented, arranged by category (architecture, technical, anatomical, figures, proportion, cartography, etc). This sumptuous TASCHEN offering is the most thorough and beautifully produced Leonardo book ever published. <click to see more>

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