Leonardo Da Vinci, (Italy), is the supreme example of a Renaissance man. His most famous works are the Mona Lisa, and The Last Supper. He is widely acknowledged as one of the most talented geniuses of all time. He was a master painter, sculptor, architect, musician, engineer, mathematician, inventor, anatomist, botanist, geologist, and cartographer. He recorded 13,000 pages of journals and notes on a wide variety of science and engineering topics.
"In the silence of the night, recall the ideas of the things which you have studied. Design in your spirit the contours and outlines of the figures that you have seen during the day. Where the spirit does not work with the hands, there is no artist.”
Moses Foster Sweetser, (1880). Raphael. Leonardo da Vinci. Michael Angelo. Boston: Houghton, Osgood and Company
pp. 126 - 127
I obey Thee, Lord, in the first place through the love it is but reasonable I should feel for Thee; in the second, because Thou canst lengthen or shorten human life at Thy pleasure.
Eugène Müntz, (1883). Leonardo Da Vinci: Artist, Thinker and Man of Science, Volume 2. London: William Heinemann
pp. 33 – 34
Leonardo defines spirit as “a power mingled with the body”.
Ibid. p. 43
Our body is dependent on heaven, and heaven on the Spirit.
Leonardo Da Vinci, Jean Paul Richter, (1883). The Literary Works of Leonardo Da Vinci, Vol II. London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington p. 286
And you, 0 Man, who will discern in this work of mine the wonderful works of Nature, if you think it would be a criminal thing to destroy it, reflect how much more criminal it is to take the life of a man; and if this, his external form, appears to thee marvelously constructed, remember that it is nothing as compared with the soul that dwells in that structure; for that indeed, be it what it may, is a thing divine. Leave it then to dwell in His work at His good will and pleasure, and let not your rage or malice destroy a life—for indeed, he who does not value it, does not himself deserve it.
Ibid. p. 286
If the Lord— who is the light of all things— vouchsafe to enlighten me, I will treat of Light; wherefore I will divide the present work into 3 Parts.
Leonardo Da Vinci, Jean Paul Richter (1883). The Literary Works of Leonardo Da Vinci, Volume 1. London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington. p 16.
Man is the handiwork of a God who retains few links with traditional orthodoxy.
Marco Rosci, (1978). The Hidden Leonardo, Chicago: Rand McNally. p. 166