Leonardo Da Vinci: art, math, and music embodied
We can’t talk about the intersection of art, math, and music without addressing the elephant in the room. Leonardo Da Vinci we’re looking at you, sir.
He was an author, naturalist, map-maker, geologist, anatomist, inventor, mathematician, engineer, architect, painter, bosssssss. That’s who he was. Just the most diversely talented individual of all time, by many accounts. That’s all.
He was the humanist ideal, and was the original “Renaissance Man.”
According to art historian Helen Gardner, the scope and depth of his interests were without precedent and “his mind and personality seem to us superhuman, the man himself mysterious and remote”.
Leonardo’s formal training in the anatomy of the human body began with his apprenticeship to Andrea Del Verocchio. Andrea insisted that all his pupils learn anatomy. As a student he did many drawings of tendons, ligaments, muscles, and bones.
As a successful artist, he was given permission to dissect human corpses at the Hospital of Maria Nuova in Florence and later at hospitals in Milan and Rome.
It’s extremely important to learn about these vessels which house our souls. If you’d like to learn more about the human body, check out this course on the anatomy of the human body.