Leonardo more of a loner despite being a

Da Vinci was born April 15, 1452 in Vinci, Italy. Leonardo was the son of a
legal specialist whose name was Ser Pierro da Vincci. He went to go live with
his grandparents because he was not considered an illegitimate son because his
father and his mother were not married when he was born. His father later on
married into a wealthy family resulting in Leonardo going to live with his
grandparents. He was an extremely intelligent child and caught on to many
things easy. One of those things was music. He discovered that he had an
amazing voice and went on to further develop with a tutor. When he turned 17 he
went and became an apprentice of painting under Andrea Del Verrochio. Leonardo
didn’t have many friends growing up and was more of a loner despite being a
nice person. As he progressed in being an apprentice he found an interest in
inventing machines. Even after finishing his lessons he stayed and helped
Andrea with things. Leonardo was considered one of the most smart and talented
people to have ever lived. He spent most of his early work life working under
Ludovico Moro in milan. He also worked in a variety of different locations such
as Rome, Bologna, and Venice. Leonardo was best known as a painter and one of
his most famous pieces of art was the “Mona Lisa.” his most reproduced painting
was “The Last Supper.” One of his most famous paintings, “Salvator Mundi” sold
for a world record $450.3 million dollars at Christies auction in New York.
This was the highest price ever paid for a work of art and was purchased
November, 15 2017. Only about 15 of Leonardo’s paintings ever survived. These
few paintings are all worth millions of dollars. Leonardo is remembered for his
specialization in machines. He designed flying machines, concentrated solar
power, an adding machine, and the double hull. Ironically none of the stuff he
even designed were created until after his death. Some of Vinci’s creations are
working models and are on display at the museum of Vinci. Leonardo had twelve
half siblings who were much younger than him that gave him trouble after his
father’s death about inheritance. In 1472 Leonardo was a master in the Guild of
Saint Luke, a Guild for artists. Leonardo’s first known work was a pen and ink
drawing of the Arno valley drawn August 5, 1473. In 1478 he left his mentors
studio and also left his father’s household. Leonardo received an independent
commission for The Adoration of the Magi for the monks of San Donato a Scopeto
in 1481. He received two commissions and completed neither. In 1482 Leonardo
made a lyre in the shape of a horse’s head which was sent with Vinci to Milan
as a gift to make peace with the Duke of Milan. He also wrote a letter
explaining to the duke that he could also paint and do other things. After
arriving in Milan in 1482 he continued to work their until 1499. In 1485 he
travelled to Hungary to meet Matthias Corvinus who had painted a Holy Family.
From 1493 to 1495 Leonardo listed a woman named Caterina among his dependents
in his taxation documents. He found out she was his mother in 1495. Leonardo
was hired for many different jobs under Ludovico. These jobs included the
preparation of floats and pageants for certain occasions. Also designs for a dome
for Milan Cathedral and designs for an equestrian monument. At the start of the
second Italian war Leonardo fled the city of Milan to Venice. He was hired as a
military engineer and responsible for creating ways to defend the city from
attack by naval ships. He returned to Florence in 1500 where he was a guest of
the monks at the monastery of Santissima Annunziata and was even given a
workshop that he completed the Virgin 
and Child with St Anne and St John the Baptist. This piece of art was so
famous that people all around came to see it. People compared the swarms of
people that came to see it to a festival. In 1502, Leonardo started to work for
Cesare Borgia, the son of the Pope. Vici made a map of Borgia’s stronghold.
Back then maps were extremely rare and were looked at as more of a new concept.
When Cesare saw this map he promoted Leonardo to chief military engineer. He
later on produced another map of chiana valley. Leonardo then returned back to Florence
and rejoined the Guild he was in before in October of 1503. He then spent about
2 years making a mural of The Battle of Anghiari for the Signoria. In 1506
Vinci returned to Milan where many of his past followers worked with him and
started a new project with Leonardo. Leonardo soon left Milan because of the
death of his father. After this he returned back to Florence in 1507 to dispute
over his father’s estate. In 1508 he moved back to Milan to live in a house of
his own in Porta Orientale.

            From 1513 to 1516 Vinci spent his
time living in Belvedere in the Vatican in Rome. Along with him Raphael and
Michelangelo both were active painters. In 1516 Leonardo entered the service
under King Francis and was given use to the manor house Clos Luce that is now a
museum. This is where he spent his final 3 years of life. Leonardo died on the
second of May 1519 when he was 67 years old because of a recurrent stroke.
Records say that the King was close with Leonardo and held his head in his arms
as he died. In his last days Leonardo called for a priest to receive a holy
sacrament. Vincis remains were first placed in the chapel of Saint Florentin.
The chapel was destroyed in 1802. The location of Leonardo’s bones were unknown
for years until finally in 1863 a poet named Arsene Houssaye found some of his
skeleton with stone fragments labeling Vinci’s name. The bones were moved to
the chapel of Saint Hubert where they still remain today. There were many
influences in Leonardo’s life. Many people who were there to call him friend
and that worked with him and taught him new things. Every person who met Vici
called him the smartest person they met. He also had assistants and pupils
while working in many different places. Salai entered Leonardo’s house in 1490
right after Leonardo made a list of his enemies calling him a thief after he
made money off of valuables and spending it on clothes. He still treated him
with respect and allowed him to live in his house for the following 30 years to
come. Salai painted a nude version of the Mona Lisa and by the time of his
death he owned the original version of the Mona Lisa made by Leonardo himself.
In 1506 Leonardo took in a pupil of the name Count Francesco Melzi who was the
son of an aristocrat. Francesco travelled with Leonardo until the point of his
death where he inherited the artistic and scientific works of Leonardo and
ended up running the estate.

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            Leonardo is popular for most of his
work but he was first noticed by his work on Baptism of Christ that was painted
in conjunction with Verrocchio. Leonardo also made murals in the 1500’s. One of
his most popular being The Battle of Anghiara. The scene was four men riding
horses engaged in the battle of Anghiara. Leonardo also did drawings which he
was very talented at as well.  He would
keep a lot of journals with random sketches and drawings of all things that
took his attention. Some of his most famous drawings were the Vitruvian man, the
head of an angel for The virgin of the Rocks, and many other sketches and
drawings for other projects or things that interested him. Leonardo is one of
the best artists to have ever lived.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    










piece of art is the Mona lisa. It uses a lot of texture in the use of
smoothness. It makes the lady in the painting seem smooth and soft. It also
uses alot of color in the background of the picture. It uses value by making
the clothes darker but making the background more colorful and bright. It also
uses harmony because the painting is visually satisfying with the colors and
textures used


piece is the last supper. It shows symmetry because you could split it down the
middle and have a sort of symmetry between both halfs. It has a variety of
different colors and has more of a rough texture with type of building that
they are in just looks rough and pointy.



third piece is the Vitruvian Man. this piece is symmetric right down the
middle. There is no hue or color in this drawing. There is the use of shape and
lines to create the circle around the man and to draw the box around him as
well. Most of the drawing has no texture.


last piece is the Lady With an Ermine. This piece shows more of a variety in
color in the womans clothes. It also makes me think of a soft texture because
of the animal with fur that she is holding. He used lines and shapes to make
certain things on the clothing and also has a lot of negative space with
nothing in it.