The Life and Work of Leonardo da Vinci

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Leonardo da Vinci was born on April 15, 1452, in a small town in Italy called Vinci which was in the territory of Florence. His parents were Ser Piero and Caterina, who was a peasant girl. They were never married so he was considered an illegitimate child. So shortly after his birth, Ser Piero, a 25 year old notary, took custody of him. His parents each married other people and kept having children, giving Leonardo 17 half sisters and brothers. Growing up with his father in Florence, the aristocratic and artistic center of Italy, he was given the best education the city could offer. In 1466, when he was 15 his father sent him to be an apprentice to Adrea del Verrocchio, who was a famous painter and artist of that time. As an apprentice he was taught many things such as painting altarpieces and panel pictures to creating sculptures with marble and bronze. During his time as an apprentice he shocked his master with his tremendous talent. In fact he is admitted to the painter’s guild of Florence in 1472 even though he was still Verrochio’s assistant.

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