Leonardo was born in Italy. In the tiny minute town of Vince. Hence his name.
We visited there last summer. It was extraordinary to walk the same streets as he walked. Inside the huge walls to the left of my painting his works, inventions and designs can be seen.
"Those who are in love with practice without knowledge are like the sailor who gets into a ship without rudder or compass and who never can be certain whether he is going. Practice must always be founded on sound theory, and to this Perspective is the guide and the gateway; and without this nothing can be done well in the matter of drawing. Leonardo de Vinci
This quote by Leonardo is the reason why an artist must study the why of the craft and not merely to create.
He created the famous Mona Lisa which hangs in the Louvre in Paris. It is tiny.