The Seven Principles of Working of Leonardo Da Vinci

The Seven Principles of Working of Leonardo Da Vinci

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‘The Seven Da Vincian Principles’. 


The Seven Principles of Working of Leonardo Da Vinci

This article discusses ‘The Seven Da Vincian Principles’, which is the working method of Leonardo Da Vinci.

Genius Leonardo

Can you imagine a single person who can be an anatomist, architect, botanist, city planner, costume and stage designer, chef, humorist, engineer, equestrian (horse rider), inventor, geographer, geologist, mathematician, military scientist, musician, painter, philosopher, physicist and raconteur (storyteller)?

Yes… Leonardo Da Vinci is that person, who is the greatest genius of all time.

Da Vinci’s disciple Francesco Melzi, who wrote on the occasion of the maestro’s death: “The loss of such a man is mourned by all, for it is not in the power of Nature to create another.”

If we study Leonardo’s approach to learning and cultivation of intelligence, and we follow it, our creativity will definitely enhance.

Fortunately, the ‘Seven Da Vinci’s principles’ are available. These principles are an extract of his working methods and the study of Leonardo, himself.

The Seven Da Vincian Principles:

The Seven Da Vincian Principles are as follows:

  1. Curiosità (Curiosity): An unquenchable curious approach to life and an uncompromising quest for continuous learning.
  2. Dimostrazione (Demonstration): A commitment to test knowledge through experience, persistence, and a willingness to learn from mistakes.
  3. Sensazione (Sensation): The continual refinement of the senses, especially sight, as the means to make them more interesting and entertaining experience.
  4. Sfumato (literally “Going up in Smoke”): A willingness to embrace ambiguity, paradox, and uncertainty.
  5. Arte/Scienza (Arts and Science balance): The development of the balance between science and art, logic, and imagination. ‘Whole-brain’ thinking.
  6. Corporalità (Physicalness): The cultivation of grace, ambidexterity (able to use the right and left hands equally well), fitness, and poise.
  7. Connessione (Relation): All things and phenomena. Systems thinking.

In the following posts, let’s discuss these principles one by one, with some examples, practices, and assignments.


‘How to think like Leonardo Da Vinci’, Michael J. Gelb, Delta Trade Paperback reissue edition / June 2004.

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