This week’s geek literally is a renaissance man. Leonardo da Vinci, who lived during the Renaissance, was one of the most talented people ever to grace this planet. Despite the fact that there are only a handful of them, his paintings are legendary. Two of these, the Mona Lisa and the Last Supper, are the two most reproduced works of art ever. His drawings equal his paintings in quality, but are somewhat less well-known. Even so, the Vitruvian Man (pictured) and a couple of others are instantly recognizable as his. Da Vinci was both an inventor and scientist. His designs for flying machines and war machines were hundreds of years ahead of their time.
While Da Vinci is primarily known for his art, it is his works in engineering and science that make him a true genius and worthy of geek of the week status. He was a visionary who designed a helicopter, a tank, and a calculator, had an early theory of plate tectonics, and demonstrated an advanced knowledge in the field of anatomy.
Artist’s impression of da Vinci
His influence on his contemporaries (and future generations) is unrivaled. He is truly legendary and worthy of the lofty geek status. You can find his wiki bio here. Enjoy.