Do you think Leonardo deserved the title "Genius"?
Leonardo deserved the title of "genius" because he opened the door to new horizons in art and technology. Any man that has to protect his ideas by writing backwards, is worthy of being called a genius. (Try writing just like Leo! http://www.mos.org/sln/Leonardo/write.html) Giorgio Vasari saw the talent in da Vinci, "This was seen by all mankind in Leonardo da Vinci, in whom, besides a beauty of body never sufficiently extolled, there was an infinite grace in all his actions; and so great was his genius, and such its growth, that to whatever difficulties he turned his mind, he solved them with ease." (http://ht.ly/1Kaia) Leonardo's mind was beyond his time. The art he created looked real. He painted with depth. “It is clear that Leonardo, through his comprehension of art, began many things and never finished one of them, since it seemed to him that the hand was not able to attain to the perfection of art in carrying out the things which he imagined; for the reason that he conceived in idea difficulties so subtle and so marvellous, that they could never be expressed by the hands, be they ever so excellent".(http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/source/vasari1.html) Leonardo's works were too incredible to finish, therefore he could never finish his works. His title of "genius" is well-worth earned.
"Medieval Sourcebook: Giorgio Vasari: Life of Leonardo Da Vinci 1550." FORDHAM.EDU. Web. 13 May 2010. .