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Leonardo Da Vinci - Life, Works and Biography

Who is Leonardo Da Vinci?

Leonardo da Vinci is one of the great man of Renaissance period. He was regarded as a genius during his time because he has prolific discoveries and activities which are rather advance if not innovative during the 15th century. He was notably highly regarded in the works of Arts and Science and his mastery of this matters is shown by the popularity of his works.

He was born at a time known as Renaissance period where other great artists such as Raphael and Michael Angelo became know as well not only in Italy but in the whole world.

When was Leonardo Da Vinci born?

Leonardo da Vinci was born in April 15, 1452 in Florence. Particularly he grow up in Tuscan Hilltown of Vinci in the lower valley of the Arno River.

His maternal history however is not the usual story as he was born as an illegitimated child from a middle east enslave mother, Caterina and by his father Messer Piero Fruosino di Antonio da Vinci, a Florentine notary.

There is so little history on Leonardo’s life aside from his father marrying a 16 year old named Albiera who was very caring to Leonardo at a young age but later die early.

Among his memoirs during his childhood is that when a kite dropped on the sky almost hitting him and when he was doing a mountain climbing and found a cave. But he was so afraid because a monster may be inside it but at the same time his very curious to explore it.

Formative Years of Leonardo Da Vinci at Verrocchio’s Workshop in 1466-1476

Andrea di Cione, known as Verrocchio was the man who laid the foundation of skills for Leonardo Da Vinci. At the year 1466 and at a younger age of 14, Leonardo started apprenticeship with popular Verrocchio.

There are other famous painter people who have studied under Verrocchio which includes Ghirlandaio, Perugino, Botticelli, and Lorenzo di Credi.

A wide range of technical skills would have been introduced to Leonardo, and he would have had the chance to acquire drafting, chemistry, metallurgy, metal working, plaster casting, leather working, mechanics, carpentry, as well as the aesthetic talents of drawing, painting, sculpting, and modelling.

During this time, Leonardo was known to have contributed on painting one of Verrocchio’s famous artwork know as “The Baptism”