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How did Leonardo da Vinci, Hunter S. Thompson, and George Lucas create their masterpieces? They found their creative voices while committing today’s grave sin: imitation. During his apprenticeship, da Vinci learned skills like math, anatomy, and drawing techniques by imitating his master, Andrea del Verrocchio. Many of da Vinci’s masterpieces were similar to Verrocchio’s work, although they weren’t perfect copies. Da Vinci didn’t just look toward his master. He also imitated Michelangelo’s David, which he was fascinated with likely because Verrocchio made a sculpture similar to it.
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