Leonardo da Vinci, Renaissance Man

Born: 1452 in Vinci (near Empolia), Italy. Died: 1519 in Cloux, Amboise, France

Notable Quotes:  

"The merit of painting lies in the exactness of reproduction. Painting is a science and all sciences are based on mathematics. No human enquiry can be a science unless it pursues its path through mathematical exposition and demonstration."  

"The supreme misfortune is when theory outstrips performance."

"You do ill if you praise, but worse if you censure, what you do not understand "  DaVinci

Biographical Info

Da Vinci Bio Info  


Activity and Informational Links:

Math and Architecture  http://www-gap.dcs.st-and.ac.uk/~history/HistTopics/Architecture.html#s68

Mathematics and Art  http://www-gap.dcs.st-and.ac.uk/~history/HistTopics/Art.html#s73

Da Vinci Math Activities (body ratios)  

Da Vinci math & science links for kids 

Math & the Mona Lisa Activities 

Leonardo Da Vinci Explorations http://www.mos.org/sln/Leonardo/

Invention, Art and Science of Da Vinci 

Lesson Plan Links: Measure Like Leonardo  http://mathforum.com/alejandre/frisbie/math/leonardo.html

Draw Like Leonardo  http://standards.nctm.org/document/eexamples/chap4/4.4/index.htm

Play Like Leonardo  http://consorte_bella_donna.tripod.com/consortebelladonna/id3.html

Observe Like Leonardo1  A description and activity on the phases of the moon is available at: 


Observe Like Leonardo2  An introduction to the Scientific Method is available at:


Write Like Leonardo  http://www.loc.gov/loc/kidslc/LGpdfs/leo-teacher.pdf


More Recommended Web sites

Leonardo da Vinci: the Man & the Inventor  http://www.lairweb.org.nz/leonardo/

Leonardo’s Workshop: Renaissance Handbook http://www.sanford-artedventures.com/play/leonardo/index.html

Inventor’s Workshop: Leonardo’s Legacy  


Leonardo da Vinci, National Museum of Science and Technology, Milan


Virtual Renaissance  http://www.twingroves.district96.k12.il.us/Renaissance/VirtualRen.html

Leonardo Museum in Vinci  http://www.leonet.it/comuni/vinci/