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The Mind of Leonardo da Vinci

Inside the mind of the original Renaissance man, who continues to fascinate us even today

46 key ideas from

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5 articles

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What you'll learn

Leonardo da Vinci's creative process

How to approach problem-solving like da Vinci

The importance of curiosity and observation

The impact of da Vinci's legacy on art and science

Ideas from books, podcasts, videos & articles

How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci

How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci

Influential people you will learn from

Michael J. Gelb

Michael J. Gelb

3 Top Key Ideas (46 total)

Curiositá – Insatiable Curiosity and Thirst for Learning

We all have an innate sense of curiosity that we can cultivate. It starts with asking questions. The most brilliant minds spend their entire lives asking questions about confounding issues. Leonardo’s mission in life was a pursuit of truth and beauty, which led to his own inquisitiveness.

  • Try looking at things from various angles, and don’t take "yes" for an answer.
  • At the same time, take time off occasionally to relax and refresh your perspective.

Sensazione – Constantly Sharpen the Senses

Our senses are the only means by which we can experience the world around us.

According to Leonardo, the average man “looks without seeing, listens without hearing, touches without feeling, eats without tasting, moves without physical awareness, inhales without awareness of odor or fragrance, and talks without thinking.”

In order to truly appreciate life and take in the beauty around us, we need to develop and refine our senses, especially that of sight.

Sfumato – Be Comfortable With Ambiguity

Sfumato translates to “going up in smoke.” Leonardo applied this principle in his paintings by creating hazy, ambiguous scenes with gossamer-thin layers of paint.

Learn to confront the unknown (and unknowable) and embrace mystery, paradox, and uncertainty to let them fuel your creative genius. In an ever-changing world, having poise in the face of paradox is key to being effective and also retaining your sanity

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