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World's Greates Artist in History; Leonardo Da Vinci

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Leonardo da Vinci, when most hear that name the first thing to come to mind is possibly the Mona Lisa, or maybe the world's greatest artist in history. Da Vinci was much more than an artist. In the following essay a biography of the famous artist’s life will be covered. Included in this biography are interesting details about some of his experiences. His interest in science, and how he used his knowledge will be discussed. Herein subjects of interest to da Vinci are also included. An Extremely Famous Artist, Scientist too? Leonardo da Vinci, perhaps that name brings to mind the Mona Lisa, or maybe The Last Supper, or possibly even Vitruvian Man. Although he is known more prominently as the greatest artist who ever lived da Vinci was a polymath, a man of many skills most of which are shadowed by the popularity of his works of art. Among the things he is not known as well for da Vinci was an excellent scientist. Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci was born out of wedlock on April 15, 1452, in Vinci, Italy to his father Messer Piero Fruosino di Antonio da Vinci, a 25 year old notary, and his mother a peasant girl named Caterina. Da Vinci’s father took custody of him soon after he was born, his mother moved to a different town with her new spouse. Eventually, between his mother and father da Vinci had a total of 17 half brothers and sisters (“Renaissance Man,” n.d.). Recognizing his artistic potential, in 1466 da Vinci’s father sent him to begin his apprenticeship under Andrea di Cione known as Verrocchio. Verrocchio was one of the most successful artist of his time, and Verrocchio’s workshop was at the heart of the intellectual streams in Florence. That being the case Leonardo was guaranteed an education in the humanities. Due to ... ... middle of paper ... ...th, he is still considered as one of the most revolutionary people to walk the earth. To some da Vinci is considered the smartest man to have ever lived. Setting opinions aside, one thing is for certain, the extent and depth of da Vinci’s knowledge and skill is something to be admired. Works Cited Leonardo da Vinci. Retrieved from http://www.leonardo-da-vinci.ch/science Leonardo Da Vinci Biography. Retrieved from http://www.leonardoda-vinci.org/biography.html Finnan, V. (n.d.). Leonardo Da Vinci. The Renaissance Man. Retrieved from http://www.italian-renaissance-art.com/Leonardo-Da-Vinci.html Renaissance Man. Retrieved from http://legacy.mos.org/leonardo/bio.html Vasari, G. (n.d.). LEONARDO DA VINCI (1452-1519) PAINTER AND SCULPTER OF FLORENCE. Vasari's Lives of the Artists. Retrieved from http://members.efn.org/~acd/vite/VasariLeo.html
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