Leonardo da Vinci, actually Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci (born 15 April, 1452, in Anchiano; died May 2, 1519, at Clos Lucé) – Italian Renaissance painter, architect, philosopher, musician, writer, explorer, mathematician, engineer, anatomist, inventor, geologist and sculptor.
Born and raised near Vinci, he was the illegitimate son of a notary, Ser Piero da Vinci, and a peasant woman named Caterina. He had no family name, as “da Vinci” just means “of the city of Vinci.” His full given name, “Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci”, means, “Leonardo, son of ser Piero from the city of Vinci.”
Leonardo was often described as the archetypical “Renaissance man” whose seemingly inexhaustible curiosity was rivaled only by the force of his creativity. He is widely considered one of the greatest painters of all time and probably the most multifariously talented person in history.
“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”
“The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.”
“Poor is the pupil who does not surpass his master.”
“All our knowledge has its origins in our perceptions.”