According to two Italian researchers, Leonardo da Vinci’s legacy lives one. The Italian researchers firmly believe the have found the living relatives of the Renaissance genius.
Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci, or more commonly known as Leonardo da Vinci, was an Italian Renaissance polymath: painter, sculptor, architect, musician, scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer. He is considered one of the most brilliant minds the world has ever known.
Leonardo da Vinci’s work, covering a staggering range of disciplines, is still influencing science, technology, medicine, art, and numerous other fields nearly half a millennium after his death.
Researchers previously believed that no traces were left of the Renaissance polymath. The remains fo da Vinci, who died in 1519 in Amboise France, were dispersed during the 16th-century religious was. For decades, researchers believed that da Vinci’s family went extinct. However, according to Agnese Sabato, historian, and director of the Museo Ideale in the Tuscan town of Vinci, where Da Vinci was born in 1452, this isnt the case and the legacy of the genius lived on.
Speaking to Discovery News, Vezzosi said: “We carried out long archival research, which is the first step of a broader scientific investigation.”
“We checked documents and tombs as far as France and Spain in order to reconstruct the history of Leonardo’s family,” he added.
According to Vezzosi and Sabato, they have managed to successfully identify the direct living descendants from Leonards’s father, who was a Florentine legal notary named Ser Piero Da Vinci.
“The implication of our discovery is that scientists may be able to isolate Da Vinci’s DNA, 15 generations later,” Vezzosi said.
Examples of Leonardo’s amazing inventions are the drawings for vertical flight which made today’s Helicopters possible. The fantastic blueprints were depicted nearly 500 years ago, and so we come to acknowledge that the helicopter, the airplane, submarine, and tank are all Leonardo da Vinci’s concepts.
Leonardo invented the basics of modern day weaponry that our military uses today. If we had developed all of his ideas and concepts and incorporated his scientific discoveries sooner, there is an argument to be made that we, possibly, could have landed somebody on the moon in about the 1800s. That is how ahead of his time Leonardo da Vinci was.
In fact, looking at the life of da Vinci, he was at least 500 years in front of his time, most of his invention’s could not have been developed due to the lack of materials and limited technology but that did not stop him of going as far as he could with what he had at that time.
Researchers expect to detail their discovery this week, a day before the 564th anniversary of Da Vinci’s birth. Surprsingly, it is believed that some Leonardo da Vinci’s descendants will attend the conference.
“The list includes some surprising names,” Vezzosi said.