Leonardo Da Vinci(1452-1519) was the ideal Renaissance man in Italy. He was a painter, sculptor, musician, scientist, architect, botanist, and also writer. He created a smokey, haze style we now call sfumato. One of the high Renaissance painters, among Donatello, Michaelangelo, and Raphael, he followed the techniques of the Renaissance. Of which included use of lines, pyramids, and proportions for balance in the linear perspective. The Mona Lisa is a painting is a famous painting that was stolen from the Louvre and rediscovered later.
Other works to see: Virgins of the Rocks, Annunciation, John the Baptist.