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The drawings of Leonardo da Vinci.

“The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.” – Leonardo

Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci ( pronunciation (help·info), April 15, 1452 – May 2, 1519) was an Italian polymath, scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, painter, sculptor, architect, botanist, musician and writer. Leonardo has often been described as the archetype of the Renaissance man, a man whose unquenchable curiosity was equaled only by his powers of invention. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest painters of all time and perhaps the most diversely talented person ever to have lived. According to art historian Helen Gardner, the scope and depth of his interests were without precedent and “his mind and personality seem to us superhuman, the man himself mysterious and remote”

Peter Paul Ruben's copy of the lost Battle of Anghiari, c. 1603
Peter Paul Ruben's copy of the lost Battle of Anghiari, c. 1603

Studies of the Arm showing the Movements made by the Biceps, c. 1510
Studies of the Arm showing the Movements made by the Biceps, c. 1510
An Artillery Park, c. 1487
An Artillery Park, c. 1487
Study of a Figure
Study of a Figure
Proportions of the Head, c. 1488-9
Proportions of the Head, c. 1488-9

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