Leonardo da Vinci
On April 15, 1452 Leonardo had been born in the Tuscan hill town of Vinci, in the lower valley of Arno River in the territory of the Medici-ruled Republic of Florence. He was the son of Piero Fruosino di Antonio, even doe we don't know much about Leonardo’s early life, his mother and father had split up when Leonardo was five his father married a sixteen year old girl named Albiera who loved Leonardo but she died young.
In 1466, at the age of fourteen Leonardo had become an apprentice to an artist Andrea di Cione, whose workshop was “one of the finest in Florence” Leonardo had been exposed to both theoretical training and a vast range of technical skills, it was also then when Leonardo and Verrocchio work together on the Baptism of Christ, by 1472 at the age of twenty Leonardo had been qualified as a master in the guild of St. Luke it was a guild of artists and doctors of medicine, but even after his father set him in his own workshop, his attachment to Verrocchio was such that he continued to collaborate with him.
Florentine court records of 1476 show that Leonardo was charged with sodomy and acquitted from that date until 1478 there was no records of his work or even his whereabouts, in 1482 to 1499 Leonardo had been working in Milan he was commissioned to paint the Virgin of the rocks. In 1502 Leonardo entered the service of Cesare Borgia, son of Pope Alexander VI, acting as a military architect and engineer and traveling throughout Italy with his patron. Leonardo created a map of Cesare Borgia’s stronghold, Leonardo returned to Florence where he rejoin the guild of St. Luke on October 18, 1503 and spent two years designing and painting a mural of The Battle of Anghiari for the Signoria, with Michelangelo designing its companion piece The Battle of Cascina. He started to work on the Mona Lisa in 1503 which was known for Leonardo’s best artwork. On May 2, 1519, Leonardo had died at the Clos Lucé some records show that the king of...