Leonardo da Vinci was a great artist. Of that, there has never been any doubt. He was also an engineer, who designed machines that would not be realized for hundred of years, such as a glider, and a helicopter. Leonardo da Vinci’s designs were not only purely theoretical though. He designed a number of different machines that were actually used in his time, including a device that could lift heavy objects without the possibility of sudden failure, and a device that could easily move water uphill. But what seemed to set Leonardo da Vinci apart from the rest of the artists and engineers of his time however, was his eye for detail and proportion in relation to his works. Take the Vitruvian Man for example:
The original Vitruvian man was actually drawn by a natural philosopher from ancient Greece named Vitruvius , but it was Leonardo da Vinci who perfect the design so that the body was proportionally correct.
The final, and arguably most well known aspect of Leonardo da Vinci’s work, is his art, or more specifically, his paintings.
See this painting? Examine it closely. See how detailed EVERYTHING is? The cloth’s various textures, the shadowing on the man’s face? It is the small details that separates a da Vinci painting from the rest.
At the core, it seems that da Vinci was a natural philosopher in the vein of the thinkers from the golden age of Greece, attempting to understand how our world and how it fit together better, not just trying to chisel a better sculpture. As a result of his interest in proportion, we now have a large amount of information on drawing the human form that is still taught to art students today. It seems that awesomeness through analyses is an actual thing. That is awesome.