A new step are about to take to discoverthe complete genetic profile of Leonardo Da Vinci. International experts are on the hunt for traces of Leonardo’s DNA in a bid to complete the genetic profile of the Renaissance genius by the 500th anniversary of his death, in 2019.
Finding Leonardo’s DNA could tell us what he looked like, what he ate, and perhaps give us an inkling into at least some aspects of his genius. Few weeks ago, Alessandro Vezzosi, an art historian who directs the Leonardo da Vinci Ideal Museum in the town of Vinci (Leonardo’s birthplace in Florence province) announced he discovered Leonardo’s living descendants of Leonardo da Vinci.
The Leonardo Project includes experts from Canada, France, Italy, Spain, and the United States who will try to track down relevant biological material in Leonardo’s family tomb in Florence, in his alleged remains in the Castle of Amboise in France, and in the possible remains of his mother, Caterina, in Milan.
Leonardo Da Vinci (April 15, 1452 – May 2, 1519) is widely considered one of the greatest painters of all time but his areas of interest included also invention, sculpting, architecture, science, music, mathematics, engineering, literature, anatomy, geology, astronomy, botany, writing, history, poetry, and cartography. He has been variously called the father of paleontology, ichnology, and architecture, and is widely considered one of the greatest painters of all time. His genius epitomized the Renaissance humanist ideal.