Detail of the Heads of the Virgin and St. Anne, from The Virgin and Child with SS. Anne and John the Baptist, c.1499 (charcoal and white chalk on paper, mounted on canvas), Vinci, Leonardo da (1452-1519) / National Gallery, London, UK / The Bridgeman Art
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.