500 years on: Leonardo Da Vinci continues to influence the world

Today marks the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci's death.

The Italian polymath, whose full name is Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci, died half a millenium ago in Amboise, France from a suspected recurring stroke.

Many know him for his works of arts in the Renaissance, such as the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper, but his talents stretched far beyond the realms of art, to engineering, botany, architecture, engineering, invention, cartography, and so much more.

Da Vinci has been called the father of paleontology, ichnology and architecture and is widely revered as one of the greatest artists of all time and most diversely talented person to have ever walked the earth.

The artist had 13,000 pages of journals full of sketches of anatomy, botany and even designs for various inventions, such as an armoured fighting machine and designs for shoes to walk on water.

Da Vinci's journals were written in a mirror-image cursive, largely believed to be because it was easier for him to so because he was left-handed.

This year, two Italian experts will perform a DNA test on a strand of hair believed to belong to da Vinci in hopes to resolve the controversy surrounding the exact location of his remains.

The hair will go on display today in the Ideale Leonardo da Vinci museum in Vinci, where he was born.

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