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.
Leonardo da Vinci designed a robotic knight operated by cables. When modern engineers built a replica based on the designs, it was functional.
Leonardo da Vinci’s “Salvator Mundi” was sold at auction in 1958 for £45, and again in 2005 for under $10,000. In 2011, it was authenticated as a Leonardo original. It was then sold in 2013 for $75 million, sold again for $127.5 million, and later sold at auction in 2017 for $450.3 million.
Despite being one of the leading artists of the High Renaissance, only fifteen of Leonardo da Vinci’s paintings have survived. The small number of surviving paintings is due in part to Leonardo’s frequently disastrous experimentation with new techniques and his chronic procrastination.
Based on da Vinci’s work, there is evidence that the artist had strabismus: one eye is straight, while the other eye can drift. Some forms of strabismus are thought to facilitate artistic work by suppressing the deviating eye, which creates 2D monocular vision advantageous to painting and drawing.
Over 500 years ago, Leonardo da Vinci made an interesting observation about trees. He concluded that the total thickness of a tree’s branches is equal to the total thickness of the tree trunk. Trees across many species obey this rule. Explanations involve hydrological and structural theories.
Leonardo da Vinci created plans for a “mechanized knight,” – a robot-like creation reliant on a system of pulleys. When these plans were found almost 500 years later and built according to Leonardo’s specifications, the design worked perfectly.
Leonardo Da Vinci used to buy caged animals at the market just to set them free.
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.
Renaissance Genius Leonardo da Vinci was a chronic procrastinator.