Which Famous Artist Was an Ambidextrous Multitasker?

Famous artist Leonardo da Vinci was ambidextrous, and could write with one hand while drawing with the other. Not only could the Italian Renaissance artist write with both hands simultaneously, da Vinci had taught himself mirror writing: only when a written text is held to a mirror can it be read. Much of da Vinci's journals and notes are written in mirror-image cursive.

More about Leonardo da Vinci:

  • At the age of 14, da Vinci began as an apprentice for the artist Verrocchio, who created the sculpture of Bartolomeo Colleoni in Venice.

  • One of da Vinci's most famous paintings, the Mona Lisa, is displayed at The Louvre in Pairs, France. Mona Lisa was considered a work-in-progress until da Vinci's death.

  • Da Vinci was also an engineer, and developed floating water shoes, flying contraptions, and an underwater breathing device.

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