Leonardo da vinci as a boy
Who Was Leonardo da Vinci? by Roberta EdwardsLeonardo da Vinci was a gifted painter, talented musician, and dedicated scientist and inventor, designing flying machines, submarines, and even helicopters. Yet he had a hard time finishing things, a problem anyone can relate to. Only thirteen paintings are known to be his; as for the illustrated encyclopedia he intended to create, all that he left were thousands of disorganized notebook pages. Here is an accessible portrait of a fascinating man who lived at a fascinating time—Italy during the Renaissance.
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As one of the foremost intellects of world history, his brilliance survives today in artwork, statues and notebooks found throughout Italy and beyond. But for all his fame, da Vinci remains a bit of an enigma. What we do know about him paints a picture of immense genius — one of the most prolific minds of his day, if not always one of the most focused. Leonardo da Vinci was an illegitimate son. His father, a respected lawyer, and his mother, a peasant of the same town, were never married. For reasons that are still somewhat murky, the young boy eventually came to live with his dad. One way or another Leonardo never received the classical education in Greek, Latin and higher mathematics that would have been common to high-born boys of his day.
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Leonardo da Vinci was an Italian painter, sculptor, architect, engineer, and scientist. He was one of the greatest minds of the Italian Renaissance, and his influence on painting was enormous to the following generations. Leonardo da Vinci was born on April 15, , near the village of Vinci about 25 miles west of Florence. He was the illegitimate born to unmarried parents son of Ser Piero da Vinci, a prominent notary a public official who certifies legal documents of Florence, and a local woman, Caterina. Not much is known about Leonardo's childhood except that when he was fifteen, his father apprenticed him to Andrea del Verrocchio — , the leading artist of Florence and the early Renaissance. Verrocchio, a sculptor, painter, and goldsmith, was a remarkable craftsman.