Bet You Didn’t Know This About Da Vinci!

  1. Leonardo DaVinciLeonardo was an illegitimate child, whose father was a merchant and whose mother was from a lower class than his father.
  2. Leonardo did not have a last name because he was not allowed to take his father’s last name.
  3. Da Vinci means “from Vinci” the town where he was born.
  4. He had no formal education but was an apprentice in an art guild at age 16 where he learned to paint.
  5. Leonardo never finished the Mona Lisa. He carried the painting around with him until he died. He worked on it constantly and technically it was never finished.
  6. He wrote from right to left. The reason for this is he was left-handed and had taught himself to write.
  7. Leonardo is known for his paintings, such as the Mona Lisa, but he was more of a war machine designer than a painter.
  8. Leonardo was the first person to have designed a version of a tank.
  9. He designed a submarine or underwater boat where people could breathe underwater.
  10. He designed a machine for walking under water similar to a SCUBA gear. He suggested that people could walk on the bottom of a shallow riverbed using a tube that went to the surface to breathe.
  11. He designed a mechanism for wartime that would for pushing ladders off walls of a fortification.
  12. He designed a giant crossbow that shot silently and could intimidate the enemy and shoot rocks and fire bombs.
  13. He designed the mortar for war. This machine was similar to a cannon but instead of shooting straight, the device would shoot upwards and strike the enemy from above.
  14. He designed the bicycle, a two-wheeled transportation device with a chain and gear system.
  15. He theorized about human flight suggesting that it was possible for people to fly with fake wings.
  16. Leonardo kept a lot of notes. There are at least 15000 pages of his notes in various museums. One notebook belongs to Bill Gates who bought it for 30.8 million US dollars in 1994.
  17. He never married or had any children.
  18. Leonardo and Michelangelo weren’t friends, but instead they were archenemies.
Da Vinci Museum - Venice

Da Vinci Museum – Venice

Mona Lisa - Up Close

Mona Lisa – Up Close

The Bicycle

The Bicycle

Human Flight

Human Flight

Ideas for Human Flight

Ideas for Human Flight

Vitruvian Man

Vitruvian Man

Mortar for War

Mortar for War

Mona Lisa at the Lourve

Mona Lisa at the Lourve

8 thoughts on “Bet You Didn’t Know This About Da Vinci!

  1. Anonymous

    Heya Matthew!!

    Ooooh…I’m good at this game. :) did you know that the reason why the Mona Lisa is in France is because François I brought him to France and installed him at Clos Lucé near one of François’ own Loire chateaux there, AND…that Leonardo brought the ML with him because it was his favourite painting?

    AND did you know the Italian name of the painting is La Gioconda?

    AND did you know François I used to admire it while in his bath? (François’ bath, not Leonardo’s ;))

    Enjoy Italy! :)

  2. Grams & Grandad

    Thanks Matt! Fascinating points, most of which I did not know. I wonder why he and Michelangelo were arch enemies – were thy competing for sponsoring patrons? See you Thursday. Love Grandad

    • Matthew Post author

      Hi Grams and Grandad,

      Yes – they were archenemies because Da Vinci thought that Michelangelo was sloppy and messy. Michelangelo insulted Da Vinci often. They also competed for sponsors.

      See you soon, Matt!!!!!!

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