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Six Things You May Not Know About Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci’s anatomical drawing. Credit: Courtesy of GA&A Productions

Leonardo da Vinci’s anatomical drawing. Credit: Courtesy of GA&A Productions

1. Leonardo da Vinci’s notebooks, written in a secretive reverse script, went unpublished for more than 400 years.

2. Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece, the Mona Lisa, is viewed by over 6 million people every year.

3. Leonardo da Vinci’s notebooks contain plans for hundreds of technologies common today: machine guns, diving suits, construction cranes, robots, flying machines.

4. Leonardo da Vinci’s father paid for his art apprenticeship – even though he was born illegitimate. The idea was to provide him with a trade. He never had a formal education.

5. Leonardo da Vinci’s had a reputation for being distracted and irresponsible. He left paintings unfinished and abandoned commissions… even after being paid.

6. Leonardo da Vinci’s anatomical illustrations, as precise as his technical drawings of machines, were unequaled in accuracy until the photographic techniques of the 19th century. But they were never published in his lifetime.

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