Interesting Facts about Leonardo Da Vinci Life that textbooks never told us


Born on April 15, 1452, Leonardo da Vinci was, perhaps, the only person who managed to be the pioneer of several areas in one lifetime- painter, writer, inventor, sculptor, musician, architecture and scientist. In fact, the idea of the “Renaissance man” was developed during the very time in which he lived in.

However, even though Da Vinci is referred to as one of the foremost intellects of the world history and his brilliance survives today through his famous artworks, Leonardo da Vinci remains an enigma for us. Not much is known about Da Vinci’s early life and he left a whole lot of unfinished work including his famous Mona Lisa. Moreover, discussions still continue as to why he preferred to write backward and how was it possible for him to make his first helicopter drawing, considering the times that he lived in etc. Probably there is a lot more about Da Vinci that we will never know about him. Yet there are a few interesting things that we do know about him– but these facts are commonly not.

“Adoration of the Magi"

1. Do you know Da Vinci was infamous for never completing his works?

Da Vinci’s wide range of interests often distracted him and his perfectionism discouraged him from declaring a painting officially finished. He was often been accused of being a helpless procrastinator. The problem was not that that da Vinci did not start his works but more of the fact that he was constantly starting works and neglecting to finish the ones he had already begun.

Some of the famous unfinished Da Vinci paintings are the “Annunciation” and “Adoration of the Magi”, “St. Jerome in the Wilderness” in the Vatican City, the “Virgin, and Child with Saint Anne” held in the Louvre in Paris, and even the great “Mona Lisa” are examples of the da Vinci masterpieces that the artist never declared completed.

It appears that Leonardo was rarely happy with his work and had trouble preventing himself from making minute changes to his paintings long after they were probably “complete”.