Today Leonardo da Vinci is most well known for being an outstanding artist but there is so much more to him than just that. Leonardo was also an inventor, musician, scientist… and perhaps one of the greatest minds in history. Leonardo da Vinci was alive during the Renaissance Era which was a time of great art, scientific, and philosophical discoveries.
Leonardo da Vinci was born on April 15, 1452 in Vinci, Italy. He was the illegitimate son of Ser Piero and a woman named Caterina. His father was a public official in Florence and his mother was of a lower class so they were never married. After the birth of Leonardo both of his parents married and had more children.
Since Leonardo was an illegitimate child he was unable to take over his father 's position when he got older so his father let him pursue a career of his choice, which happened to be painting. As a child Leonardo love to draw pictures of plants and animals. His greatest inspiration throughout his life was nature. Since Leonardo showed such promise in art his father took him to learn at the workshop of the famous Andrea del Verrocchio, at the age of 14.
When Leonardo was around 20 years old he helped his teacher finish a painting titled Baptism of Christ. His job in the painting was to paint an angel that was kneeling in the lower corner of the canvas. Although it was not a large part of the painting many people have said that the angel that Leonardo had painted is the best part of the entire painting. It was at this point when Leonardo had surpassed his teacher. This small part of the painting was the start of Leonardo 's career. After that people started to ask him to do full paintings by himself for them.
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...ated a very close representation of the human anatomy. Eventually the Pope caught word of what Leonardo was doing and stopped him.
In 1517 Leonardo and his apprentices were invited to France by the king. Not long after getting to France Leonardo had a stroke which left his right arm paralyzed. In April 1519 Leonardo requests to see a notary to create a will. In his will planed his own funeral and left everything to his apprentices.
Leonardo da Vinci died on May 2, 1519. Some people say that Leonardo died in the arms of King Francis I, but this cannot be proven like most of the speculations of Leonardo. After he died all of his paintings and notebooks went to his apprentices and since then they have been put in museums and rich peoples’ homes. Just one of his paintings could go for over $25 million. Bill Gates bought one of his notebooks for over $33 million.
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