Leonardo da Vinci
was an Italian polymath of the High Renaissance who is widely considered one of the greatest painters of all time. The Mona Lisa
is the most famous of Leonardo's works and the most famous portrait ever made. The Last Supper
is the most reproduced religious painting of all time and his Vitruvian Man
drawing is also regarded as a cultural icon. He is also known for his notebooks, in which he made drawings and notes on science and invention; these involve a variety of subjects including anatomy, cartography, painting, and palaeontology. Leonardo's collective works compose a contribution to later generations of artists rivalled only by that of his contemporary Michelangelo.