Leonardo Da Vinci: Thinking with an extra wrinkle in the brain

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Leonard da Vinci: Mock-up for a flying machine
No artist contained an extra wrinkle in their brain as big as Leonardo Da Vinci. He was a creative genius who combined the disciplines of both art and science to make something new.

Leonardo’s formula: see, contemplate, emulate, remix, and recast.

His undivided mind drove his imagination which led him toward discovery and innovation. He was also a tinkerer, even a procrastinator. Below are some sketches from his notebooks where he noodled on concepts and ideas.

“Learn how to see.
Realize that everything
connects to everything else.”

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Drawing of bird in flight

“I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.”

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Drawing of torso and arms

“He who can Copy can create.”

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Studying a seated man and stream of water

“Learning never exhausts the mind.”

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Study of hands

All images via @ArtistDaVinci

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