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Leonardo da Vinci's ideas are evident today. He his ideas are responsible for the helicopter, parachute, machine gun, diving suit, tank, humanoid robot, gravity and perpetual motion machine, and the ball bearing to name a few. There is little doubt that Leonardo's brilliant mind has qualified him as the Renaissance Person who has most impacted us today.
Born on April 15, 1452, in Vinci, Italy, Leonardo da Vinci was a painter, inventor, sculptor, philosopher, and a scientist. He was truly the ideal 'Renaissance Man".
One of the most famous paintings today is the Mona Lisa, painted by Leonardo. He pioneered two painting techniques, chiaroscuro and sfumato. He also painted the well-known Last Supper.
Modern medicine has benefited from Leonardo's obsession with how the body works. The Vitruvian Man was one of the first drawings detailing the idea person.