The earliest known résumé is credited to…

The earliest known résumé is credited to Leonardo da Vinci, who created it when applying for the position of military engineer for the Duke of Milan. It primarily consists of a list of his designs for siege weapons, including trebuchets. He also included a brief statement about his artistic skills, “In painting, I can do everything possible.” He was ultimately hired for the job.

Despite being one of the most famous painters in history, only 15 paintings…

Despite being one of the most famous painters in history, only 15 paintings of Leonardo da Vinci are known to exist. The small number of surviving paintings is due in part to Leonardo’s frequently disastrous experimentation with new techniques and his chronic procrastination. He also had a weird artistic philosophy in which he would destroy any art he felt was not perfect. He thought art should be like magic; that is should be produced flawlessly. He destroyed most of his sketchbooks for this reason.