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Leonardo da Vinci was a Human scientist and artist in Florence, a city in northern Italy on Earth. Flint the immortal claimed that Leonardo was one of his identities. (TOS: "Requiem for Methuselah")

Living in the 15th and 16th centuries, he was considered a Renaissance man. Vasari thought he was an angel, but Freud thought he had a problem with his mother. His works included such paintings as "The Last Supper" and the "Mona Lisa".

A holographic simulation of Leonardo was among the historical personality profiles studied by The Doctor, in 2373, during his attempt to expand his personality subroutines. By 2377, The Doctor was declaring himself an expert on da Vinci amongst other Alpha Quadrant artists. (VOY: "Darkling", "Flesh and Blood")

Kathryn Janeway of the USS Voyager enjoyed visiting the holographic Leonardo on the holodeck. He became an adviser to her, along with providing a haven during times of stress. Leonardo and Janeway unsuccessfully attempted to fly in a glider they constructed which sent them crashing into a river. This led to the holographic Leonardo having a crisis of purpose and leaving many of his works unfinished. 'Catarina', as he called her, often referred to Leonardo by the honorific 'Maestro', and frequently employed occasional words of Italian in her conversations with him.

Once when Voyager was attacked by pirates who used a high-energy transporter beam to steal items of technological value, Leonardo's program was also stolen. He was used by the leader of the pirates, Tau, to develop new weapons which Tau sold to the highest bidder. Janeway and Tuvok tracked him and the rest of the stolen goods to a province controlled by Tau. He believed that he was in America and told Janeway that his patron was prince of this land. Leonardo was enjoying his new adventure because of the new inventions he was creating, but agreed to return to "Europe" when reminded by Janeway that his presence there was important and that she needed his help. Tau captured Janeway and drew a weapon on her. Leonardo came to her defense and knocked out Tau, then he and Janeway escaped successfully flying his glider through the air escaping until Voyager got in range and beamed them and the glider into Cargo Bay 1 before jumping to warp. (VOY: "Scorpion", "The Raven", "Scientific Method", "Concerning Flight", "The Omega Directive")

In her later years as captain of the USS Voyager, Janeway kept a copy of Leonardo's famous self-portrait in red chalk in her ready room. (VOY: "Virtuoso", "The Haunting of Deck Twelve", "Unimatrix Zero", "Endgame")

According to Captain Janeway James T. Kirk claimed to have met da Vinci, although the evidence was less than conclusive. (VOY: "Concerning Flight")

This apparent reference to Flint implies that Kirk disregarded Flint's request never to tell the Federation about his existence.
Leonardo portrait

Leonardo da Vinci's self-portrait

Apparently named after him were the Class F shuttlecraft da Vinci, and Da Vinci Falls on Blue Horizon. (TOS-R: "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield"; DS9: "Second Sight")

Works of art by Leonardo da Vinci Edit

Additionally, an excerpt from the Codex Atlanticus showing wings for flight can be seen in the Enterprise opening credits, and his plan of Imola was reused as a plan the Leonardo hologram drew of a city Tau controlled in "Concerning Flight".

Background information Edit

The Leonardo da Vinci hologram was played by actor John Rhys-Davies.

According to the Star Trek Encyclopedia (3rd ed., p. 97), the birth and death years of Leonardo da Vinci were 1452 and 1519, respectively.

Frequently in Star Trek: Voyager and elsewhere, characters such as Captain Janeway refer to Leonardo da Vinci as simply "da Vinci". This is an inaccuracy, because "da Vinci" is not a surname at all; it simply means "of Vinci" or "from Vinci" (Leonardo's home town) and refers only to where Leonardo was from. As Leonardo was never known to have used a surname in the modern sense, only "Leonardo da Vinci" or "Leonardo" are the correct names to use for him.

In an unused story draft that was named Star Trek: Renaissance and was penned during the writing of Star Trek: First Contact, Leonardo da Vinci signed Data on as his apprentice. (Star Trek: The Next Generation Companion, 3rd ed., p. 322) The revered inventor eventually became friends with Data, a relationship that resulted in Leonardo arriving at one of his great insights, then adding a drawing of the android to his notebooks. (Star Trek: First Contact, hardback ed., p. 255)

The script of "Scorpion" included a short deleted scene in which Janeway referred to the holoprogram depicting Leonardo da Vinci and his workshop as "Janeway seven".

A number of items located in Leonardo da Vinci's workshop were put up for auction in the It's A Wrap! sale and auction.

In Pocket Books' series of Star Trek: Starfleet Corps of Engineers novels, the hero starship, the Saber-class USS da Vinci, was named for Leonardo.

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