The Life of Leonardo Da Vinci

One of the most famous painters of all time is Leonardo Da Vinci. There is hardly any person on the world who has not at least heard of the name. He was the painter famous for his work, the Mona Lisa. But aside from the controversial smile of Mona Lisa, what else do we know about him? Who really is Leonardo Da Vinci?


He was born on the 15th of April, in the year 1452. He was an illegitimate son of a notary. His father was the one who taught him how to paint. The materials he used and the scholarly documents he read were provided by his father’s family. He later went to Florence to be an apprentice, and there he met other Renaissance artists. As time passes by, his skills are being observed as far greater than those who taught him. His teacher, Verroccio, noticed the excellent talent of Da Vinci when the young man painted some angels for Verroccio’s piece, the “Baptism of Christ”.

Leonardo worked for Duke Ludovico Sforza, Duke of Milan. There he painted and designed some architecture, for he did not only excel in abstract art painting, but also in science. There is a fairly large amount of science in his writings. He actually had the gift of foresight, being able to design machines that can fly and even a submarine.

Before the end of his service for the Duke, Leonardo was able to paint The Last Supper. He traveled throughout Italy, working for several patrons. He eventually came back to Florence. There, he was able to paint his most famous work—the Mona Lisa.

Pope Leo X employed Leonardo Da Vinci to make paintings for the Roman Catholic Church. He was allowed to pursue his studies of science ND human anatomy, although he wasn’t successful on this aspect.

Leonardo later worked for King Francis. He was named as “the first painter, engineer and architect of the king” after successfully making walking mechanical lion.

Leonardo Da Vinci died on May 2, 1519 at the age of 67.

Do you want to see the modern Leonardo D’ Vinci? Check out Jason York’s abstract art paintings.

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