While Leonardo da Vinci was on top of the art world during the Renaissance, there was a lot more going on in other realms. Arts, sciences, philosophy and music all underwent radical growth during this period. In order to place Leonardo in his proper historical context, it's important to get a sense of what else was happening in the world. And Leonardo was aware of advancements outside his field, to varying extents. Read on to learn how he was affected by his contemporaries and, in turn, how they may have affected his life and work.