Although countless brilliant men have tried, none have been able to surpass the accomplishments of Leonardo da Vinci. This inventor, artist, scientist, and true “Renaissance man” earned his place in history through his breathtaking paintings and unique, original ideas. Since the anniversary of his birthday is coming up on April 15th, let’s take a look at some of his more notable accomplishments—as well as some ways you can be a “Renaissance man” in modern days.
Art That Will Always Be Admired
Some of the most well-known paintings in the history of mankind were created by Leonardo da Vinci. “The Mona Lisa,” “The Last Supper,” and “The Vitruvian Man” are a few of his more notable accomplishments, although there are around 15 surviving works created by him. One of the most impressive things about his paintings is that people adore them just as much in modern days as they did in the 1400’s. Even his lesser-known works are extremely sought-after, and one of his paintings sold for over $450 million in 2017.
For centuries, da Vinci’s creativity has been great source of inspiration for people around the world. Do you have what it takes to draw and paint like a true Renaissance man? Even if you can’t trace a straight line to save your life, consider exercising your creativity in other ways. Pick a new piece of art to decorate your living room, or paint your bedroom walls a bold new color to explore your artistic side. Putting effort into expanding your creativity will bring you one step closer to becoming a Renaissance man.
Inventions that Were Centuries Ahead of Their Time
Leonardo da Vinci’s most famous invention was the flying machine. Its wingspan was over 30 feet, and it would have given humans the ability to soar through the skies like birds, which was da Vinci’s greatest dream. His passion for flight also led him to come up with the design for the first helicopter. Although he never got around to creating a full-scale model of either of these inventions, he did manage to build an anemometer, which was a device that measured the speed of the wind.
Da Vinci’s inventions are especially interesting because they were the first of their kind. However, it’s important to remember that he lived in a completely different world than us. Concepts that seem simple now, such as gravity, were unheard of back then. Therefore, da Vinci was making a bold move by suggesting humans had a place in the sky. He didn’t let the chance of scrutiny stop him, and if you have an unconventional new idea, you shouldn’t either.
In modern times, it can feel difficult to come up with an original idea that others haven’t thought of before. If you’re looking to get into the true spirit of invention, try to think of an idea that could greatly improve your own life. You don’t need to come up with the next helicopter or flying machine to make a difference. Instead, you might end up coming up with something that could make life a lot easier for you and your family!
There Will Always Be Renaissance Men
On April 15th, be sure to look back on da Vinci’s life for a bit of inspiration and guidance. Try to remember that since the beginning of time, people like him have left their mark on history with their unique ideas—and you can be a Renaissance man too. By making an effort to exercise your creativity and learn new things every day, you’ll earn your own unique place in history.