Know about the Monalisa? then you should probably know about the legendary painter who was the mastermind behind that painting. You can not talk about arts and not talk about the greatest painting ever or the greatest painter that has ever graced the surface of the earth. Here are 12 Interesting Facts about Leonardo Da’Vinci
1. Leonardo was the love child of Caterina, a peasant, and Ser Piero, a lawyer and landlord. He was home schooled and lacked a formal education in Greek and Latin.
2. He was an accomplished lyre player. When he was first presented at the Milanese court, it was as a musician, not an artist or inventor.
3. Leonardo narrowly beat a sodomy rap—possibly involving one of his male models—brought against him by Florentine officials.
4. Mona Lisa theory #1: Her smile means she was secretly pregnant.
5. Theory #2: She was amused by the musicians and clowns who entertained her while Leonardo painted her. (Another theory says the Mona Lisa is a portrait of Leonardo himself, slyly disguised. But you’d heard that one before, hadn’t you?)
6. Columbia University art historian James Beck retorts, “As sure as the moon is not made of green cheese, this is not da Vinci in drag.”
7. Then again, unusual for a painter, Leonardo left no definitive image of himself.
8. Of course, that was before she saw the picture: Researchers at the University of Amsterdam and the University of Illinois used face-recognition software to determine that the Mona Lisa is 83% happy, 9% disgusted, 6% fearful, and 2% angry.
9. Bill Gates bought the Codex Leicester in 1995 for $30 million. This manuscript, the only one not held in Europe, includes da Vinci’s studies on hydraulics and the movement of water.
10. And Leonardo loved water: He developed plans for floating snowshoes, a breathing device for underwater exploration, a life preserver, and a diving bell that could attack ships from below. In case one had to.
11. Leonardo was the first to explain why the sky is blue. (It’s because of the way air scatters light.)
12. And he figured out why the entire moon is dimly visible when it is a thin crescent. Its night side is lit by light reflected from Earth, which appears 50 times brighter from the moon than the full moon appears here.