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Leonardo da Vinci's birthday

Leonardo da Vinci was born on April 15, 1452.  Da Vinci was an Italian painter, draftsman, sculptor, architect, engineer and inventor who designed buildings, bridges, canals, forts and war machines. He kept huge notebooks sketching his ideas. Among these, he was fascinated by birds and flying and his sketches include such fantastic designs as flying machines. These drawings demonstrate a genius for mechanical invention and insight into scientific inquiry. His greater fame lies in being one of the greatest artists of all time, best known for such paintings as the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper.

Books in our collection

 Leonardo da Vinci by Leonardo da Vinci

The machines of Leonardo da Vinci and Franz Reuleaux: kinematics of machines from the Renaissance to the 20th century  by F.C. Moon

The saga of flight, from Leonardo da Vinci to the guided missile by Neville Duke, Edward Lanchbery