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A close up of the da Vinci relief.Leonardo da Vinci: (1452-1519) Italian painter, Draftsman, Sculptor, Architect and Engineer.

Leonardo da Vinci was born outside of marriage on April 15, 1452 in Anchiano at a farmhouse that was the family home since the 13th century. He later moved to the city of Vinci in the Republic of Florence (modern Italy) with his grandfather, where he was accepted into his father’s family. (Martin Kausal)

At 14 years old Leonardo became an apprentice in Florence at the workshop of Verrocchio (1466), where he practiced in the new technique of oil painting (developed by the Dutch). (Martin Kausal)

Some his most famous works are: The Last Supper (1495-97), Mona Lisa (1503-06), and The Adoration of the Magi (1481-82). (Martin Kausal)

In June of 1472 Leonardo became a member of the Painters Guild of Florence, where he continued to work out of Verrocchio’s workshop. In the autumn of 1516 King Francis I. invited Leonardo da Vinci to spend the last span of life in Amboise at the court of France. In autumn 1516 Leonardo arrived in Amboise. In his baggage was the famous painting Mona Lisa. Leonardo lived in Amboise in the small castle Cloux, which is now called Le Clos Luce. This castle is situated between the town and the king castle. In France Leonardo didn't paint, but he worked on hydrological studies. (Martin Kausal)

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Further Reading:

Kausal, Martin. Biography of Leonardo da Vinci

The Leonardo da Vinci Museum

Nicolas Pioch, Web Museum

Cleveland State University, Special Collections Library.

The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History