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Portrait of Leonardo da Vinci, Francesco Bartolozzi, late 19th century. Museum no. E.2128A-1917

Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519) was an Italian Renaissance architect, musician, inventor, engineer, sculptor, and painter. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest painters of all time and perhaps the most diversely talented person ever to have lived. The V&A has five of Leonardo's notebooks in its collections. Known as the Forster Codices, the notebooks were owned by John Forster and bequeathed by him to the V&A in 1876.