Ten Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Leonardo da Vinci

leonardo da vinviWe thought we’d mark the 500th year anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci by filling you in on some strange facts about the man and his works. Also, just so you know, in the event you are heading to France, there will be an exhibit at the Louvre celebrating the 500th year since his death. The exhibit opened Oct. 24th, but don’t fret, you have a little time; it runs through Feb. 24, 2020. It will include some 160 pieces that are borrowed from Italy, UK and elsewhere that include Da Vinci masterpieces, studies and scientific sketches, and some pieces by other artists in his realm. There will also be a very special virtual reality exhibit that uncovers some of  the story behind the most famous “Mona Lisa.”


  1. Italy and France have always feuded over his works because he was born in Italy but died in France.
  2. The Last Supper is the most reproduced religious painting of all time
  3. Despite being one of the most famous painters of all time, perhaps only 15 of his paintings have survived.
  4. He had no formal academic training.
  5. He had quite a few interests, including invention, drawing, painting, sculpture, architecture, science, music, mathematics, engineering, literature, anatomy, geology, astronomy, botany, paleontology, and cartography. 
  6. Leonardo was born out of wedlock to notary Piero da Vinci and a peasant woman named Caterina in Vinci in the region of Florence
  7. Leonardo had no surname in the modern senseā€”da Vinci simply meaning “of Vinci”; his full birth name was Lionardo di ser Piero da Vinci, meaning “Leonardo, (son) of ser Piero from Vinci.
  8. In accordance with his will, sixty beggars carrying tapers followed Leonardo’s casket.
  9. He was a vegetarian.
  10. He was said to have a habit of purchasing caged birds and releasing them.

Since we didn’t know Leonardo personally, we gathered these facts from Wikipedia. 



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