Leonardo: 500th Anniversary - Gallery

Thumbnail image of 'Portrait of Mona Lisa' (detail), 1503-1506. Artist: Leonardo da Vinci

2nd May will mark the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci.

The great Italian polymath defined the Renaissance with wide ranging interests including: invention, painting, sculpting, architecture, science, music, mathematics, engineering, literature, anatomy, geology, astronomy, botany, writing, history, and cartography.

He has been variously called the father of palaeontology, ichnology, and architecture he is also widely considered one of the greatest painters of all time. Sometimes credited with the inventions of the parachute, helicopter, and tank he is the epitome of the Renaissance humanist ideal.

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