Leonardo da Vinci, was born on April, 15, 1452 Anchiano, near Vinci,Republic of Florence Italy-died May 2,1519, in France he was a Italian artists , an engineer and scientist. Leonardo da Vinci was an important artist and scholar of the Italian Renaissance who is best- known for his two paintings “The Last Super” and “Mona Lisa.”
Leonardo da Vinci, was born on April 15, 1452 Anchiano, Florence Italy. Leonardo was conceived out of wedlock, his father was a well-respected notary, and his mother was a young peasant woman, his father Ser Piero raised him, as well his stepmothers. By the age of 14, Leonardo da Vinci started out his artist’s apprenticeship at the studio of Andrea del Verrpcchio (1435-1488) For six years he would learn a range of skills including goldsmith ,carpentry, sculpting, drawing, painting. By the age of 20, Leonardo had qualified as a master artist in the Guild of Saint Luke. At the age of 26, he was an expert painter and established his own workshop. After a decade as an artist, Leonardo wrote to several wealth men to help finance his projects.
In 1482, The Lorenzo de’ Medici accepted and commissioned da Vinci to create a silver lyre and bring it to Ludovico il Moro, the Duke of Milan, as a gesture of peace. Leonardo wrote Ludovico a letter that described how his artistic and engineering talents and how he would be of great use to Ludovico’s court. His letter was successful and from (1482-1499), Leonardo was commissioned to work on a vast amount of projects. It was during this time Leonardo painted “The Last Supper.”
Leonardo’s most well-known painting and maybe the most famous painting the “Mona Lisa “was privately commissioned and was completed sometime between 1505 and 1507. Some people have said she was a pregnant woman, and some people believe that she was not a woman but actually, a man dressed to look like a woman. Based on accounts from an early biographer, says the Mona Lisa is a picture of Lisa, Gioconda, the real-life wife of a merchant but that has yet to be proven. “The Mona Lisa” was never delivered to its commissioner; da Vinci had kept until the end of his life. Today you will find the “Mona Lisa “ hanging up in the Louvre Museum in Pairs, France, it is secured behind bulletproof glass, and is known as a priceless national treasure.
Da Vinci has been referred as a genius and a Renaissance Man. His talents go far beyond artistic works, like many leaders of Renaissance humanism; he saw no need to divide science and art. His observations and inventions were record in his notebook pages. His notebooks reveal a spirt of scientific inquiry and mechanical inventiveness that where centuries ahead of their time.
One of Da Vinci last commissioned work was of a mechanical lion that could walk and open its chest to reveal a bouquet of lilies. Leonardo died in Amboise, France, on May 2, 1519 Da Vinci assistant Francesco Melzi, became the principal heir and executor of his estate.
For more information on Da Vinci check out these links
Museum of Science - http://legacy.mos.org/sln/Leonardo/