Object 2. Leonardo Da Vinci’s Flying Machine Sketch:

June 1, 2021


This sketch is a hand-drawn drawing made in the late 15th Century of a machine Leonardo Da Vinci wanted to invent. When one thinks of the Renaissance, one’s first thought is the art that was made during that period but not of how advanced the knowledge that the people had in that time.

Not only was Da Vinci a great painter, but one of his main interests lied in science. This led him to experiment and build machines in his thoughts to then draw them on paper. He used the environment around him to influence himself to come up with this machine. The idea for his sketch was triggered by looking at the anatomy of birds, bats and kites. This leaves the question open to interpretation as to how much the culture of the Renaissance era around Da Vinci influenced him. His inspiration for this machine came from his eagerness to fly. The renaissance was a time for cultural change and Da Vinci’s life was based on the philosophy that an individual’s development and capacity were unlimited. This allowed Da Vinci to contribute to history by designing this machine. The link to culture and knowledge here is Da Vinci’s philosophy of the time.

Moreover, Da Vinci’s thinking was way ahead of his time. He was trying to create something which could permit humans to fly in the air. His knowledge was very advanced for that century. For this sketch, he managed to insert his visual knowledge of the machine that he had come up with in his head on his piece of paper. This serves as a link to the relationship between culture and knowledge because Da Vinci’s surroundings allowed him to gain the knowledge to draw and design this machine on the piece of paper. Da Vinci came up with this idea with the help of the influence of his surroundings and searching his mind to invent objects. This can include his travels in between France and Italy as well as people he met along the way. Furthermore, the Renaissance was quite a famous time for scientific advancements such as the printing press and muskets. Great inventors at that time could have motivated Da Vinci to establish his creation. Moreover, Da Vinci managed to stimulate his own creativity while he was working for Ludovico Sforza, an Italian nobleman who ruled as the Duke of Milan.

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