200. The Ten-in-One man

Described as the “Ten men in one”, Leonardo Da Vinci, was a unique combination of an artist, scientist, architect, anatomist, military engineer and an inventor with vision.

He was born in the Tuscan village of Vinci in 1452, as an illegitimate son of a lawyer and a peasant girl. When he was 14, his father took him to Florence to study art.

By the age of 20, he had become a well known painter. Ten years later, he moved to Milan and remained at the court of Duke of Milan for 17 long years.

Many of the 7000 pages of his “Note books”, were compiled during this period. These pages contain detailed plans and designs for flying machines, a parachute, a helicopter, a diving suit and a military tank.

These were invented in reality, much later, after several hundreds of years. But the fact that he could visualize them in such great details astound us even today!

As an inventor, he was the king of visionary possibilities. As an artist, he has left behind him several treasures of art. His most famous paintings are Mona Lisa and The Last Supper.

After spending most of his life working in Italy, he spent his last days in France, at the invitation of Francois–The French King. He died in 1519.

To this day no one has proved to be equal to his multifaceted personality and numerous visionary inventions!

Visalakshi Ramani


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