When you are born, your mind is like a glass of water. Your thinking is inclusive, clear, and fluid. All thoughts intermingle and combine with each other and make all kinds of connections and associations. This is why children are spontaneously creative.
Biography[ edit ] Leonardo's childhood home in Anchiano Leonardo was born on 15 April"at the third hour of the night"  in the Tuscan hill town of Vinciin the lower valley of the Arno River in the territory of the Republic of Florence. The inclusion of the title "ser" indicated that Leonardo's father was a gentleman.
Leonardo spent his first five years in the hamlet of Anchiano in the home of his mother, then from lived in the household of his father, grandparents and uncle, Francesco, in the small town of Vinci. His father had married a sixteen-year-old girl named Albiera  ; Ser Piero married four times and produced children by his two later marriages.
Leonardo was eventually to become a paid employee of Verrocchio's studio. During his time there, Leonardo met many of the most important artists to work in Florence in the late fifteenth century including BotticelliDomenico Ghirlandaio and Pietro Perugino.
Leonardo helped Verrocchio paint The Baptism of Christcompleted around According to Vasari, Verrocchio, on seeing the beauty of the angel that his young pupil had painted, never painted again.
In Leonardo commenced an important commission, the painting of a large altarpiece for the church of S. The work was never completed. Leonardo left Florence and travelled to Milan carrying a gift from Lorenzo to the regent ruler, Ludovico Sforza.
He was employed by Ludovico from toduring which time his most important works were the Virgin of the Rocksthe Last Supper and a huge model of a horse for an equestrian monument which was never completed. Other important events during this time were the arrival in his studio of the boy Salai inand in the marriage of Ludovico Sforza to Beatrice d'Este for which he organized the celebrations.
When Milan was invaded by the French inLeonardo left and spent some time in Venice, and possibly Rome and Naples before returning to Florence. In Francesco Melzi joined his household as an apprentice, and remained with him until his death.
In Leonardo left Milan for Rome and was employed by the Medici family. In he went to France as court painter to King Francis I. It is said that the king held Leonardo's head as he died.
Physical characteristics[ edit ] A statue of Leonardo outside the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, based upon contemporary descriptions Descriptions and portraits of Leonardo combine to create an image of a man who was tall, athletic and extremely handsome. He was at least 5 ft 8 in 1.
While most men were shaven or wore close-cropped beards, Leonardo's beard flowed over his chest. His clothing is described as being unusual in his choice of bright colours, and at a time when most mature men wore long garments, Leonardo's preferred outfit was the short tunic and hose generally worn by younger men.
This image of Leonardo has been recreated in the statue of him that stands outside the Uffizi Gallery. Vasari's descriptions[ edit ] According to Vasari"In the normal course of events many men and women are born with various remarkable qualities and talents; but occasionally, in a way that transcends nature, a single person is marvellously endowed by heaven with beauty, grace and talent in such abundance that he leaves other men far behind Everyone acknowledged that this was true of Leonardo da Vinci, an artist of outstanding physical beauty who displayed infinite grace in everything he did and who cultivated his genius so brilliantly that all problems he studied were solved with ease.
He possessed great strength and dexterity; he was a man of regal spirit and tremendous breadth of mind However, there is some controversy over the identity of the subject, because the man represented appears to be of a greater age than the 67 years lived by Leonardo.
A solution which has been put forward is that Leonardo deliberately aged himself in the drawing, as a modern forensic artist might do, in order to provide a model for Raphael's painting of him as Plato in The School of Athens.
A profile portrait in the Ambrosiana Gallery in Milan is generally accepted to be a portrait of Leonardo, and also depicts him with flowing beard and long hair. This image was repeated in the woodcut designed for the first edition of Vasari's Lives.
In his notebooks, he wrote in mirror image because of his left handedness it was easier for himand he was falsely accused of trying to protect his work.
More recently, Anglo-American art historians have for the most part discounted suggestions of ambidexterity.The Leonardo da Vinci Museum is situated in the historical centre of Florence, in Via de’ Servi 66/r. It is located very close to the Santa Maria Novella train station, close .
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Last month, Walter Isaacson released his big new biography of Leonardo da Vinci.I haven’t read it yet (though it’s inevitable I will).
Leonardo da Vinci was a true genius who graced this world with his presence from April 15, to May 2, He is among the most influential artists in history, having left a significant legacy not only in the realm of art but in science as well, each discipline informing his mastery of the other.
Leonardo da Vinci: Early Life and Training Leonardo da Vinci () was born in Anchiano, Tuscany (now Italy), close to the town of Vinci that provided the surname we associate with him today.