Leonard de Vinci
Florentine painter, this man of universal spirit was at the same time an artist, scientific, engineer, inventor, anatomist, painter, sculptor, architect, town planner, botanist, musician, poet, philosopher and writer. After spending his childhood in Vinci, Léonard was a student alongside the famous Florentine painter Andrea del Verrocchio. He worked later in Rome, Bologna and Venezia and spent the last years of his life in France, after being invited by François 1er. He died in Amboise in 1519. Léonard de Vinci is often described as the archetype and symbol of mankind during the Renaissance period, the universal genius and the humanist philosopher whose endless curiosity was only equaled by the power of his invention. He is considered as one of the greatest painters off all times and maybe the most talented person that ever lived and thrived in so many domains.