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Mathematics In The Art Of Leonardo Da Vinci

Apr 17, 2018

“The merit of painting lies in the exactness of reproduction. Painting is a science and all sciences are based on mathematics.”

"It's more Art than Science"

How many times have you heard that and in what context?  When a person said it to you, was that statement accurate?  Are Art and Science different?  Under what conditions do thise lines blur?

Leonardo da Vinci is a well-known Renaissance inventor and artist. Many know him from his paintings, the Mona Lisa, The Last Supper, and The Vitruvian Man.  Some also immediately think of his inventions and sketches of machines that were way ahead of his time, such as the helicopter. 

If you had a chance to meet Leonardo da Vinci, would you have been surprised if he introduced himself as a scientist, not an artist?  Read more in the linked article to see how science, and specifically math, were critically important in Da Vinci's endeavors.