Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci, known as Leonardo Da Vinci, revolutionized many fields of science and art. For this reason, he can be called an ideal example of a humanist – a man who is well-read and comprehensively gifted.
He was born in 1452 in Florence, which is called the cradle of the Italian Renaissance, and consequently the cradle of the Renaissance worldwide. As a young man, he received an education in mathematics, geometry and Latin. He began his artistic career with painting. He helped with the painting of Tobias and the Angel Verrochia. He was also interested in sculpting.
Eventually Da Vinci developed in the following fields: painting, sculpting, engineering, architecture, mathematics, philosophy, music, geology, anatomy and poetry.
Jan Szczepanik – polish Leonardo
A person worth mentioning when discussing Leonardo Da Vinci is Jan Szczepanik – a Pole born in 1872 in Moscisko. Like Leonardo right after he started his education, learning brought him satisfaction and stimulated his imagination. In 1898 he received support from Ludwik Kleiberg, who became his patron. Szczepanik went to Vienna, where he attracted press attention from the very beginning. He developed industries in textiles, optics and electronics. His many successes earned him the nickname „the Austrian Edison.” Among Jan Szczepanik’s most important inventions are – the teltroscope, a device that transmitted basic images over a distance and is considered the prototype of television, and the bulletproof vest, which was originally called the Szczepanik armor.