Scientist, painter, philosopher, anatomist, astronomer, engineer, inventor, courtier: Leonardo da Vinci is one of the greatest figures of the Renaissance. This book surveys the life and work of this unique genius, from his childhood in Italy to his death in France. Furthermore, it sets his life within the context of the great courts he visited: Medici Florence, ducal Milan, royal France. Written for both younger and adult audiences, it presents an easily read discussion of Leonardo's complex art, life, and thought. The volume also explores his groundbreaking research in medicine, hydraulics, metal-casting, mechanics, painting techniques, architectural innovations, and the science of warfare and weaponry.