Leonardo da Vinci The Renaissance Man

Leonardo da Vinci was born in Vinci, Italy on April 14, 1452. He was a builder and a great artist. He studied philosophy and found the basis for many inventions that were only understood years after he died. Some call him an inventive genius in the world of art. His name literally means "Leonardo of Vinci" from his birth city, but his full name is "Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci."

During his childhood, Leonardo de Vinci stayed with his father's family at 12 years old. He started off his artist's apprenticeship at 14 years old at the studio of an Italian sculptor named Andrea del Verrocchio. In 1472, a young Leonardo was placed in the painter's guild at only age 20. By the age of 26, he was very skilled in painting and had his own studio to work in.

He also went through some trainings of new studies. He entered the service of the Duke of Milan seeking to make a living and new challenges in 1482 and abandoned his first commission in Florence, "The Adoration of the Magi". He was leaving only after Duke Ludovico Sforza's fall from power in 1499 after spending 17 years in Milan. During these years, Leonardo reached new heights of artistic and scientiifc achievements from training a lot.


Leonardo da Vinci's paintings and sketches show an artistic and creative approach that no one could've thought of. His new findings of information about the structure of muscles and blood vessels were atonishingly precise. His most famous painting is the Mona Lisa (1503-1506) and the woman in it has an unusual smile which depicts how the smile is shown through face muscles functioning. The Mona Lisa now resides in a museum in Paris where everyone can see this amazing masterpiece from Leonardo da Vinci.

Leonardo started writing to several rich men after a decade of original work as an artist to help his projects in 1482. The Duke of Milan, Lodovico Sforza (1452-1508), accepted Leonardo's offer after he told him that he could design useful weapons for war like mines and guns, and also different structures including bridges. He did sculpture and painting, also planning of urban for water projects that are large-scale. The advice he gave was sought for many projects that were relating to military affairs, fortifications, and architectures. He was to create things that took a lot of skill to make in his time.

He started to develop his habit of recording his studies in highly illustrated notebooks between 1490 and 1495. His work covered four main themes: architecture, human anatomy, the elements of mechanics, and painting. These sketches and studies were gathered into various manuscripts and codices, which are now collected by individuals and museums around the world. Billionaire Bill Gates paid $30 million once for the Codex Leicester.

Overall, Leonardo da Vinci was a very skilled and famous artist during Renaissance times. His trainings shaped him into the great man he was. Many of his original paintings are still standing today in different museums. He had passed away on May 2, 1519 at the age of 67. There is no doubt that Leonardo da Vinci's masterpieces inspired many artists from there on.

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