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Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci, more commonly Leonardo da Vinci or really just referred to as Leonardo (15 April 1452 – 2 May 1519), was an Italian polymath for whom it's almost easier to list his areas of disinterest -- which were few. He extensively worked in invention, painting, sculpting, architecture, science, music, mathematics, engineering, literature, anatomy, geology, astronomy, botany, writing, history, cartography... He has been not only credited as the inventor of the parachute, helicopter and tank, but also as the father of paleontology, ichnology, and architecture -- not to mention he is presently regarded as one of the greatest painters of all time. Many historians and scholars regard Leonardo as the prime exemple of the 'Universal Genius' or 'Renaissance Man', an individual of 'unquenchable curiosity' and 'feverishly inventive imagination'. Among his works, the Mona Lisa is the most famous and most parodied portrait, and The Last Supper the most reproduced religious painting of all time, their fame approached only by Michelangelo's The Creation of Adam.[4] Leonardo's drawing of the Vitruvian Man is also regarded as a cultural icon. Very few of his paintings survive, but these few works, together with his notebooks, and their drawings, scientific diagrams, and his thoughts on the nature of painting, compose a contribution to later generations of artists rivalled only by that of his contemporary, Michelangelo. Technically, he conceptualised flying machines, a type of armoured fighting vehicle, concentrated solar power, an adding machine, and the double hull. Very few of his designs were constructed or even feasible during his lifetime, but some of his smaller inventions, such as an automated bobbin winder and a machine for testing the tensile strength of wire, did enter the manufacturing world, though unheralded. A number of Leonardo's most practical inventions are nowadays displayed as working models at the Museum of Vinci. He made substantial discoveries in anatomy, civil engineering, optics, and hydrodynamics, but these findings were not published. Described as a man whos scope and depth of interests were without precedent in recorded history -- simply as superhuman, with a logical rather than mysterious view of the world -- Leonardo is widely considered one of the most diversely talented individuals ever to have lived.

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