Leonardo da Vinci, un uomo «universale» | La Civiltà Cattolica


This year marks the five hundredth anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci (15 April 1452 – 2 May 1519).

One of the protagonists of the Italian Renaissance and of human history, he is emblematic of the “universal man”: a man who was able to think critically, and unify knowledge.

He represents analytical, rigorous and methodical study, and studied the intimate relationship between human beings, nature and the cosmos.

If in the past he was considered a genius because of his paintings, for example, Lady with an Ermine, the Mona Lisa, the Last Supper, the Virgin of the Rocks, from the nineteenth century onward he was re-evaluated as a writer (the Codes) and a scientist.

The fields in which he revealed his genius are almost endless, and the charm and the mysteries of an adventurous life are far from being unraveled.