Leonardo da Vinci
A statue of Leonardo outside the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, based upon contemporary descriptions.

A statue of Leonardo outside the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, based upon contemporary descriptions.

Leonardo’s childhood home in Anchiano.

Leonardo’s childhood home in Anchiano.

Leonardo da Vinci was a vegetarian and animal rights activist, he would buy caged birds and set them free.

Caricature of a Man with Bushy Hair
1495
by Leonardo da Vinci

Caricature of a Man with Bushy Hair

1495

by Leonardo da Vinci

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Leonardo’s ‘lost’ Christ, sold for £45 in 1956 – now valued at £120m
Leonardo da Vinci, Drapery for a seated figure, Musée du Louvre, Paris, inv. no. 2255Brush and gray tempera, highlighted with white, on gray prepared linen

Leonardo da Vinci, Drapery for a seated figure, Musée du Louvre, Paris, inv. no. 2255
Brush and gray tempera, highlighted with white, on gray prepared linen

Where the spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art.
Leonardo da Vinci

On the morning of Aug. 21, 1911, the Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre. The theft wasn’t noticed until the next day. Once discovered, the Louvre was shut down for nine days, the French border was sealed, and departing ships and trains searched. Thousands of people lined up at the Louvre just to see the empty spot where the painting once hung. Over two years later, the thief was found – Vincenzo Peruggia,  an Italian house painter and carpenter living in France who had once worked at the Louvre.

Study of a Womb, c. 1489 by Leonardo da Vinci

Study of a Womb, c. 1489 by Leonardo da Vinci

Study for the Sforza Monument, c. 1488-9 by Leonardo da Vinci

Study for the Sforza Monument, c. 1488-9 by Leonardo da Vinci