Leonardo da Vinci Quotes
Caterina Buti del Vacca
Known as the greatest painter that has ever lived, Leonardo was born to a notary named Piero da Vinci, who had an extramarital affair with a peasant. Leonardo hardly shared a rapport with his mother, barring a few letters that they exchanged, but he was quite close to his father. Today, Leonardo is regarded as the "Renaissance man", as his inventions and paintings spurred the birth of the famous "Renaissance" period. He was revered for being a technological genius, whose thoughts were way ahead of their time. He conceptualized sophisticated flying machines, armored fighting vehicles, solar powered houses at a time when they were alien to mankind and illustrated them on canvas. For achieving this feat, he was regarded as one of the most diversely talented individuals of all time. His paintings such as the "Mona Lisa", "The Last Supper" and the "Vitruvian Man" amongst others, is still a global topic of discussion and debate. Studies are still being held on these paintings to decipher the encrypted details it contains. Apart from all this, Da Vinci is also known for his love for animals. Giorgio Vasari (1511-1574), a famous painter and a biographer, once penned a story of Da Vinci. According to him, one day the legendary painter was walking through the market stalls in Florence, Italy, when he came across a bird that was caged. Appalled by the helplessness of the bird, Da Vinci bought it from the vendor, took it home and set the bird free.