Renaissance artist, inventor, polymath, musician, and architect who painted the Mona Lisa and drew the iconic Vitruvian Man.
At age 14, he became an apprentice of the artist Andrea di Cione, who at the time was known as one of the greatest artists of the age.
His sketches of flying machines, while nonfunctional, stand as examples of scientific thought and creativity, making Da Vinci the ideal Renaissance Man.
His parents, the peasant Caterina and the notary Piero Fruosino di Antonio da Vinci, had him out of wedlock.
Another famous Renaissance artist is Michelangelo Buonarroti.