Leonardo Da Vinci Facts

  • Leonardo da Vinci was one of the first Italian painters to us oil paint.
  • He was the first to describe that the sky is blue because of the way that air scatters light.
  • Leonardo was left handed and had dyslexia.
  • The notes of Leonardo da Vinci’s inventions were written backwards to make it difficult for other people to steal any of his ideas.
  • Leonardo Da Vinci stole corpses from graveyards to study human anatomy.
  • He had no children and never married.
  • Leonardo Da Vinci was a vegetarian.
  • Leonardo was the illegitimate child and was raised by his single father Messer Piero Fruosino di Antonio da Vinci.
  • The name Leonardo Da Vinci directly translates to Leonard from the town of Vinci.
  • Many of Da Vinci’s paintings were left unfinished.
  • Leonardo destroyed much of his own work.
  • Leonardo drew the plans for an armored car in 1485 and invented the bicycle 300 years before it first appeared on the roads. He sketched the first parachute, the first helicopter, the first tank and the first repeating rife.
  • Da Vinci had a great interest in flying and made many studies of birds in flight. He drew plans for several flying machines.
  • The lips of Mona Lisa took Leonardo Da Vinci about ten years to complete.
  • Leonardo often bought caged birds so that he could set them free.


The Amazing Place is  hosting the Da Vinci – The Genius exhibition from the 2nd of April to the 22nd of June 2014.

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