Want to learn more about the great master? Explore our interactive timeline here and discover what Leonardo was doing at your age. Leonardo da Vinci died 500 years ago at the age of 67. He was a universal genius driven by insatiable curiosity that led him to explore ideas in science, math, architecture, design, engineering, geology, cartography, sculpting, drawing and, of course, painting.
Celebrations are already underway in Italy. The Museo Leonardiano, in Leonardo’s hometown of Vinci, is hosting a special exhibition featuring his earliest known drawing, which depicts the surrounding Arno valley. In Milan, where Leonardo lived for over 20 years, celebrations will center around the Sforza Castle and the restored Sala delle Asse, where visitors can see original wall and ceiling decorations by Leonardo. In Venice, his most famous drawing, the “Vitruvian Man,” will be on display until July — a rare occurrence, as the item’s fragility means it’s seldom exhibited.
Building on its collection, the Louvre will host a grand exhibition, starting in October, that it hopes will unite the largest ever number of Leonardo artworks under one roof. Organizers anticipate so much demand that a reservation will be required to attend, and tickets will go on sale in June.