Leonardo DaVinci
Geniuses come few and far between in history. Hippocrates came in the late BC
period. Einstein came in the late 1800s-early 1900s. Leonardo came in between
the two of them, but is not recognized as well as they are. He was a brilliant
human being. He was a master in the fields of painting, designing, engineering,
and science. Most people know him merely as an artist, and some know him as an
inventor, but not too many people know him for what he really was. This is
because his life and his accomplishments are not taught, as in depth as they
should be. During the height of the renascence, a genius was born in 1452 in the
small town of Vinci, near Florence. He would become a great artist, engineer,
inventor, and a scientist. His name was Leonardo, a name that would soon be
associated with the word brilliant. He was born to Piero, the lawyer of the
town, and Catarina, who gave Leonardo to his father, and left them both for a
man of her social class. She is not mentioned in Leonardo\'s notebooks, as he was
probably too young to remember her. Leonardo grew up feeling different from the
other children. He had a strange curiosity that was lacking in the other
children. He would buy birds from the markets, and set them free, because he
thought it was wrong to keep them locked up in cages. He also had a strange
curiosity about the world around him. He kept collections of "snakeskins,
odd stones polished by water, birds\' eggs, the skeletons of small animals,
insects stuck on pins, tadpoles, and strange plants," in his room because
they fascinated him. Leonardo would draw the things in his collection in a
notebook. When his father saw the notebook, he thought that there was a
possibility that Leonardo had a chance to become an artist. Piero went into

Florence once a month on business and one time he brought some of his sonís
work. He showed it to his friend Andrea del Verrocchio. "He saw more than just
mere talent in Leonardo" and almost immediately, Leonardo moved to Florence as

Verrocchio apprentice. Leonardo never got married. From what is known, he did
not have any children, either. I find this tragic, for if he had any children,
they may have possibly continued in Leonardoís footsteps, and become great
geniuses as well. Leonardo was so talented that after Leonardo painted two
angels in the corner of Verrocchioís Baptism of Christ, Verrocchio never
painted again. Soon after that Leonardo went on to paint the Annunciation, which
was his first of only a few completed paintings. When Leonardo painted he
generally experimented with new techniques, and paints, so once he finished
perfecting the experiment he went on to another work. Leonardoís paintings are
truly masterful. He made two copies of one of his first paintings, The Virgin on
the Rocks. The first one he painted in Florence. The second one he painted for
the Confraternity of the Immaculate Conception. He was commissioned to paint for
them. He felt he was not being paid enough to create a new painting. Therefore,
rather than refusing to paint, or raising the price, Leonardo, smart as he was,
suggested that he copy of The Virgin on the Rocks for them. Although the
paintings are relatively the same, there are noticeable differences in the
details of the two of them. Leonardoís version of The Last Supper is truly the
best version ever created. "Artists before Leonardo had tried to recreate this
dramatic moment in Christís life, but no one had succeeded with such nobility
and force." Leonardo depicted all the apostles with such personality and grace
that all of their emotions and feelings were masterfully revealed. The betrayal
is shown beautifully as well. Truly, no one has ever come close to surpassing
the true genius of DaVinciís depiction of the Last Supper. Another great
painting by Leonardo DaVinci is the Mona Lisa. This is his most famous painting.

Mona Lisa was the daughter of a Florentine merchant. She is sitting with her
hands folded, with a particular grin, which is seen in many of Leonardoís
paintings. Leonardoís inventions were way ahead of his time. He created plans
for tanks, helicopters, submarines, and many other weapons of war and machinery.

He also experimented with flying, and although now one really knows for sure,
many people believe that he was unsuccessful at this. For every recreation of
his experiment has used materials that Leonardo didnít have in his time
period. However, his plan for the submarine did work when