Little Known Facts About Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci may just be the most well-known artist in human history. He wasn’t just an artist though. He was also an inventor, a scientist, a philosopher, an engineer, and an anatomist. He was the original renaissance man— a true jack of all trades and a master of all of them.

Twenty years after Leonardo died, goldsmith Benvenuto Cellini reported that King Francis of France said: “There had never been another man born in the world who knew as much as Leonardo, not so much about painting, sculpture, and architecture, as that he was a very great philosopher.” Keep reading to learn more about this great man’s personal life. Find out how he felt about heterosexual relationships, why he never married, and why he had a feud with Michaelangelo.

The Beginning Of His Life

Leonardo was born on 15 April 1452 in the Italian town of Vinci, of course. “Da Vinci” means “of Vinci.” Leonardo de Vinci was actually born out of wedlock. His father was a wealthy man and his mother was a peasant.

The Battle of Anghiari 1500, Leonardo da Vinci, 1500
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His full birth name was “Lionardo di ser Piero da Vinci.” His father and mother didn’t live together, and when Leonardo was a kid, his father married a 16-year-old girl.