Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci (April 15, 1452 - May 2, 1519) was an Italian Renaissance polymath, painter, sculptor, architect, musician, scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer.
His genius perhaps more than that of any other figure, epitomized the Renaissance humanist ideal. Many of his artwork had appeared in many Disney movies and television shows. For example, the Mona Lisa appears in Timon & Pumbaa, the Aladdin series, the Gummi Bears, Quack Pack, Flubber, and 101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure and "The Last Supper" in the American Dragon: Jake Long episode "A Befuddled Mind". He even appeared in It's Tough to Be a Bird for studying how birds fly for his works.
Atlantis: The Lost Empire
Leonardo does not appear in the film itself, but plays a big role in the backstory of the Shepherd's Journal. In 1499, the journal came into the possession of Amerigo Vispucci during his explorations of the New World. When he returned to Europe in 1500, Vespucci gave the Journal to Leonardo to see what he could make out of it. Leonardo would become one of the first people to learn how to translate Atlantean language and images of Atlantean flying machines would spark his imagination.
Leonardo da Vinci has appeared in numerous attractions in the Disney parks over the years.
In Epcot's now-extinct World of Motion, a scene covering the Renaissance has Leonardo taking more interest in a working model of one of his flying machines while an impatient Mona Lisa looks on. A similar scene occurs in the Circlevision film The Timekeeper, when 9-Eye emerges in his workshop and Leonardo enthusiastically begins sketching her.
At Tokyo Disney Sea, Leonardo da Vinci is featured at Fortress Explorations as an inspiration for the Society of Explorers and Adventurers and host of the Leonardo Challenge game. His flying machines are also set to appear in the Tokyo adaptation of Soarin' as the ride vehicles.