The Inventions of Leonardo Da Vinci


“A mind forever voyaging through strange seas of thought, alone.”William Wordsworth, English poet (1770-1850)

Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519) has often been described as the archetype of the Renaissance Man, a man of “unquenchable curiosity” and “feverishly inventive imagination.”

Leonardo Da Vinci applied his knowledge in a practical way to the creation of mechanical devices.  In this exhibition, I found many schematics and models for the kind of devices he designed.  They include ball bearings, gears, a wind meter, a spinner machine, a printing press, a block and tackle, clocks, a coin stamping machine, and other devices I couldn’t get the description of.

It is interesting to highlight that many of the inventions he created in the early sixteenth century only became practicable in the twentieth century.

While walking through the halls and aisles of the venue, and seeing all these ingenious inventions, the name of Steve Jobs revolved around my head.  He was also a visionary, and together with Leonardo Da Vinci, has made a dent in the world.

Below are some of the inventions of this prodigious man of the Italian Renaissance.  Here we go.

Snapshot of a man attached to a mechanical flying machine. Leonardo Da Vinci had a passion for mechanical airplanes and other similar devices. Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.
Snapshot of a man dropping from the sky in some kind of mechanical parachute. Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.
Snapshot of a strange-looking mechanical helicopter created by Da Vinci. Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.
Snapshot of a mechanical flying glider similar to the ones we use today for sports. Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.
Snapshot of a lifesaver of the XVI century. We still use those today. Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.
Snapshot of an ocean diver very similar to the ones of modern times. Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.
Snapshot of a large mechanical drilling screw. Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.
Snapshot of a mechanical hydraulic saw. Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.
Snapshot of a transparent device used to measure the inclination of a surface. Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.

We have reached the cul-de-sac of our exciting journey through the accomplishments of one of the most remarkable men of Western History.  A man with “a mind forever voyaging through strange seas of thought, alone.”  Thank you for sharing this most rewarding experience with me.  Good Day.

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