In my humble opinion, Leonardo Da Vinci was the greatest human being in recorded history. Now, I know everyone has his or her own selected person. I could not say enough about him here nor list all of his genius and talents to prop up my selection. But, I read a few factoids that I didn't know and thought interesting.
I love his horse studies. He designed one that was never finished. Someone, somewhere was going to finish it. I'll have to look that up.
And because of my devotion and love for dogs, I love his dog studies.
Of course, you know which dog study is my favorite.
So, here is a tiny list of things I didn't know about Leo.
1. Da Vinci and Michelangelo were frenemies and rivals and would cause serious, reality show worthy scenes in public places by insulting each other.
2. Researchers at universities studied the Mona Lisa painting with face recognition software and concluded that ML was 83% happy, 9% disgusted, 6% fearful and 2% angry.
3. Ever the animal rights activist, Da Vinci enjoyed purchasing caged birds so that he could set them free.
4. Da Vinci was also a committed vegetarian which was exceedingly rare in his day.
Bill Gates purchased Da Vinci's Codex a few years ago for $30 million dollars and has loaned it to museums around the world. So many things interest me about Da Vinci I really wouldn't know where to start. I was in the Loire Valley in France a few years ago and didn't even know he was buried there. I would have loved to visit his grave site.