“Leonardo da Vinci’s name evokes the concept of genius in the public imagination.
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He lived in an era (despite the invention of printing, the discovery of the ‘new World,’ the ‘rebirth’ of the arts, and the concept of ‘man at the center of the universe’), in which the contrast between his aspirations and the means and tools available to him reveal all of his humanity and uniqueness to us today. Cesare Luporini (La Mente di Leonardo, 1953) describes this split: ‘The issues that he explored and on which he worked—nature, science and its method, the experiment, the machine, utility for the good of all men, the cognitive and realistic character of art, the relationship between art and science—were laden with the future in relationship to his times. These would be some of the decisive issues to form the modern world.’ Leonardo was clearly ahead of his times.” (From Lucia Aquino’s Essay)