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A Passion For Flying Machines

A Passion For Flying Machines

Ornithopters, human-powered flying machines which mimicked bird flight, were a fascination for him – and he drew many beautiful and innovative designs. However, bird flight was not fully understood at this time and he was unaware that a human being could never generate the required power to operate such devices.


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Visual Illusions: The Smile Of Mona Lisa

Visual Illusions: The Smile Of Mona Lisa

Leonardo da Vinci pioneered the study of physiognomy by introducing the concepts of “moti mentali” contained in the Codex Urbinae, written between 1452 and 1519 and printed by Raffaelo du Fresne as Trattato della Pittura in...


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Water: The Vehicle Of Nature

Water: The Vehicle Of Nature

Leonardo da Vinci described water as “the vehicle of nature” (vetturale di natura), water being to the world what blood is to our bodies. From his earliest landscape drawings of a river cascading over rocks (1473), to the famous Mona Lisa (1503) and to his final deluge sketches (1517-18), a lot o...


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The Last Supper

The Last Supper

Leonardo’s Last Supper is a prime example of the use of the mathematics of perspective. The architecture of the building around Jesus and the 12 apostles, as well as lines on the floor beneath the table, create a “vanishing point”, providing a subconscious focal point for the painting.


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The Vitruvius Man

The Vitruvius Man

Leonardo knew of Vitruvius’s work – that with the navel as the centre, a perfect circle could be drawn around a body with outstretched arms and legs. He realised that if arm span and height are related, the person would fit perfectly inside a square. His Vitruvian Man took these ...


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Multilayered Portraits

Multilayered Portraits

In many of Leonardo’s portraits, it is almost impossible to say when one colour ends and another starts – and this is evident in some crucial parts of his paintings, such as the mouths of his sitters.

For example, the Laboratoire du Centre de Recherche et de Restauration des Musées de Franc...


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The Greatest Polymath

The Greatest Polymath

Leonardo da Vinci is generally recognised as one of the great figures of the Renaissance and one of the greatest ever polymaths.

As the world marks the 500th anniversary of his death, it’s important to look at some of the ways in which he showed that he was a thinker who w...


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A Mathematical Genius

A Mathematical Genius

Although da Vinci is best known for his artistic works, he considered himself more of a scientist than an artist. Mathematics – in particular, perspective, symmetry, proportions and geometry – had a significant influence over his drawings and paintings, and he was most certainly ahead of his time...


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A Mechanical Genius

A Mechanical Genius

Leonardo da Vinci is renowned for his inventions, works of art, studies of architecture and anatomical drawings.

The documents that survive show us his ideas for a wide range of devices, such as gliders, helicopters, parachutes, diving suits, cranes, gearb...


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