Historical Artist : Leonardo Da Vinci Essay

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Historical Painter: Leonardo da Vinci The Italian Renaissance was well known for the famous artist, Leonardo da Vinci. Da Vinci was well known for his curiosity with science and nature which greatly influenced his work, not only as a painter but a “sculptor, architect, inventor, military engineer, and draftsman” (Bio.com 1). Da Vinci was born on April 15, 1452 in what is now present day Italy. At the age of five, da Vinci moved in with his grandparents and uncle in nearby Vinci. Leonardo never had a great education; it consisted of basic reading, mathematics, and writing skills. These skills were never emphasized enough for young da Vinci; however, da Vinci’s artistic abilities surfaced at a young age (Bio.com 1)
At only age 14, da Vinci began an apprenticeship with artist Andrea del Verrocchio. This apprenticeship created the foundation of the great da Vinci. Verrocchio taught Leonardo useful skills such as “metalworking, leather arts, carpentry, drawing, painting and sculpting” (Bio.com 1). When da Vinci was 20 years of age he became a master artist at Florence’s Guild of Saint Luke, where he then shortly after began his own workshop. Verrocchio was so humbled by da Vinci’s talent and success, he never painted again. Leonardo is well known for his famous painting today known as “The Mona Lisa”. One of da Vinci’s last works, was a mechanical lion that could walk and emerge lilies out of its chest. Da Vinci continued his scientific studies until his death at age 67 on May…

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