mind and body? It embodied the basic tenets of Renaissance humanism, which considered humans empowered, limitless in their capacities for development, and led to the notion that people should embrace all knowledge and develop their capacities as fully as possible. Thus the gifted people of the Renaissance sought to develop skills in all areas of knowledge, in physical development, in social accomplishments, and in the arts... Castiglione's (Courtier) guide stressed the kind of attitude that should accompany the many talents of a polymath, an attitude he called "sprezzatura". A courtier should have a detached, cool, nonchalant attitude, and speak well, sing, recite poetry, have proper bearing, be athletic, know the humanities and classics, paint and draw and possess many other skills, always without showy or boastful behavior, in short, with "sprezzatura". http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polymath
possible examples: old http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Universal_man#List_of_recognized_polymaths
- Leonardo Da Vinci
- Leone Battista Alberti
- Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin?
- Herbert Simon?
- Aleister Crowley? nah
possible examples: new
possible examples: fictional Hero