TIL it is thought that Da Vinci suffered from ADHD, because he left so many works unfinished, including the Mona Lisa. He also spent excessive time planning, got very little sleep, & often worked continuously, night & day

Read more: https://www.voanews.com/arts-culture/report-adhd-may-explain-da-vincis-procrastination

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  1. > Leonardo da Vinci is renowned as a “Renaissance man” for his mastery in art, science, architecture, music, mathematics, engineering and cartography, but he was no master at completing his efforts.

    >Five hundred years after his death, a professor of psychiatry in Britain has suggested that the reason da Vinci left behind so many unfinished works, including the iconic Mona Lisa, is that he may have had attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

    >”I am confident ADHD is the most convincing and scientifically plausible hypothesis to explain Leonardo’s difficulty in finishing his works,” Marco Catani of King’s College in London argues in a paper published Friday in the neurological journal Brain.

    >Catani said historical records show da Vinci’s struggles with finishing tasks were pervasive from childhood.

  2. “I’ve never met him, I never spoke to him, and I don’t know him personally, but my diagnosis is perfectly legitimate and you have to pretend I have ethics.”

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