Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Vinci, Italy - birthplace of Leonardo

This photo was taken from the Leonardo da Vinci Museum in Vinci, Italy. It is located in the Florence Province of Tuscany. Vinci is actually where Leonardo was born on April 15, 1452 (hence the name "da Vinci" or "from Vinci" - since he was an illegitimate child, he was not able to take his father's last name). A little background information for those who don't already know exactly what that Leonardo da Vinci is so famous for: he is a primary example of a "Renaissance Man", otherwise known as polymath - is a person who excels in multiple fields, particularly in both arts and sciences. He is known to have been not only an engineer and an artist, but also an anatomist and physiologist just to name a few of his other other fields of expertise. I consulted Wikipedia to get some more detailed facts: "Leonardo is famous for his paintings, such as the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper, as well as for influential drawings such as the Vitruvian Man. He designed many inventions that anticipated modern technology, such as the helicopter, tank, use of solar power, the calculator, etc., though few of these designs were constructed or were feasible in his lifetime"
Although most of Leonardo's inventions were not built during his lifetime, IBM has helped make little models, which are on display at the Leonardo da Vinci Museum in Guidi Castle in Vinci, Italy. The museum also has copies of his drawings, however does not have any of his original works. I found this rather strange, but the museum was definitely still worth visiting. The town was very quiet unlike nearby Florence, which is bustling with tourists at all times of the year. Somehow Vinci doesn't quite make it to most tourists' itineraries. Sometimes I like to go to these less touristy places to get an idea of how their inhabitants actually spend their days.


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