The 2nd May 2019 sees the 500-year anniversary of the death of the great Leonardo Da Vinci. Most of us know Leonardo Da Vinci as an incredibly talented Italian polymath of the Renaissance period. His areas of interest included; engineering, architecture, science, music, mathematics, literature and of course; drawing, painting and sculpting. Ultimately, he was one of the most diversely talented individuals of all time and his work is to this day, sought after by many, bidders and auction houses alike.
In honour of his legacy, we wanted to share some of the lesser known Leonardo Da Vinci facts;
- Despite his amazing accomplishments, he never actually received any formal education. Leonardo was trained as a musician and then home-schooled in reading, writing and mathematics.
- He was arrested in his 20’s on charges of sodomy, but the charges were dropped when no witnesses came forward to testify against him. In 15th century Florence, sodomy was a crime punishable by death and soon afterwards the artist left Florence for Milan.
- Leonardo was ambidextrous, meaning he could write with one hand and draw with another. There are even rumours that he would also write important notes backwards to hide their meaning.
- His painting “Salvator Mundi” (“Saviour of the World”), set the record for the most expensive painting ever sold in 2017, after two Saudi princes got into a bidding war. The final price agreed was an astonishing $450 million; beating Picasso’s previous record for “Les Fermmes D’Alger” which sold for $179.4 million.
For anyone wanting to admire his work; 144 of his greatest drawings in the Royal Collection are currently on display in exhibitions across the UK until 6th May. These can be found in Birmingham, Belfast, Cardiff, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield, Southampton and Sunderland.
Leonardo Da Vinci (1452 – 1519) Rest in Peace, Forever in History.