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