Leonardo Da Vinci was a renaissance painter, engineer, biologist and many other things that are to do with the renaissance. He is most notably known for his paintings, The Mona Lisa and The Last Supper.
He was born in 1452 on the 14th of April near Florence in Italy. He was born out of marriage to a lawyer and his mother was a maid. From an early age he was said to have been a talented boy and at the age of 14 he was apprenticed to Verrocchio’s’ workshop, one of the most renowned in Florence. There he was taught chemistry, sculpting, architecture, leather work, moulding and casting and many other skills. 6 years later he finished his apprenticeship and became a member of the Guild of St. Luke.
For the next 10 years little is known about him until he went to Milan in 1482. From 1482 till 1499 he lived and worked in Milan creating one of his most famous pieces, The Last Supper. In Milan he did a lot of work for the Duke Ludovivico, projects such as floats and a huge bronze model of a horse. However Charles VIII invaded in 1499 and the bronze was used for cannon shot. He then fled for Venice.
When in Venice he became the Naval architect building many defensive systems. However in 1500 he returned to Florence where little is known about what he did. In 1502 he entered the services of Cesare Borgia, the son of the Pope. He travelled around with him creating maps and defensive plans for the next two years until once again he returned to Florence. While in Florence he worked on several pieces for the Signoria and was on some committees however once again he was back to Milan.
When he went to Milan this time, in 1506, many of his followers and pupils followed him however his Father had died in 1504 and so he returned in 1507 to sort out his father’s estate. In 1508…