This is a copy of the Last Will of the maestro Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519).
Leonardo was an Italian painter, sculptor, architect and engineer, musician, scientist, mathematician, inventor, botanist, anatomist, and cartographer. He is considered the archetypal Renaissance man, and is perhaps the most diversely talented person ever to have existed. A brilliant artist and inventor, his use of logic and empirical methods were unusual for his time.
To the average person, Leonardo has always been known primarily as a painter. His most famous works, the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper, are the most reproduced and most parodied paintings of all time. His drawing of the Vitruvian Man is also an instantly recognizable cultural icon, having been reproduced on everything from the Euro to T-shirts.
In addition to the brilliance of his artistic endeavours, Leonardo's drawings show that he conceptualized prototypes for the helicopter, the tank, concentrated solar power, a calculator, the double hull, and a rudimentary theory of plate tectonics. He also invented an automated bobbin winder and a machine for testing the tensile strength of wire, and these devices were manufactured during his lifetime.
As a scientist, he greatly advanced the state of knowledge in the fields of anatomy, civil engineering, optics, and hydrodynamics.
Last Updated: 14-April-2016