Detail of fol. 2r, from the Codex Leicester, showing the outer luminosity of the moon (lumen cinerum), 1508-1512 (pen & ink on paper), Vinci, Leonardo da (1452-1519) / Christie's Images / Photo Â© Christie's Images / The Bridgeman Art Library
Leonardo Da Vinci (1452 – 1519) was a Renaissance Master whose genius also profoundly impacted mathematics and the sciences. Insatiably curious and inventive, Da Vinci possessed unparalleled intellectual diversity. While scientifically studying light and shadow, he was able to conceptualize three dimensions and used the knowledge to impart his figures with their revolutionary lifelike quality. His works also reflected his insight into techniques for expressing atmosphere, depth, and the effects of age and emotion.