Leonardo da Vinci — He has been variously called the father of palaeontology, ichnology, and architecture, and is widely considered one of the greatest painters of all time.
Much of what has been written about Leonardo stemmed initially from the writings of Giorgio Vasari [whose Le Vite dei pit- tori sculteri et architetti italiani was written some fifty years after Leonardos death.
Vasari began his biography by saying: Occasionally heaven sends us someone who is not only human but divine. Subsequent biographies, particularly those written in the nineteenth-century milieu of Romanticism, or following Freudian psychoanalytical ndenclesm the twentieth century, have all added to the 'legend' of Leonardo.
In his own time Leonardo was appreciated by a mere handful of his contemporaries. Inin a small village called Anchiano near to the Tuscan town of Vinci, Leonardo was born to Ser Piero the 'Ser' before his name denoted the traditional family and a woman variously called Chatena or Caterina.
Caterina's origins are unclear but she seems to have been regarded in rather a low light; in the same year that Leonardo was born, his father married another woman, Albiera di Giovanni Amadori.
Ser Piero was in fact to marry four times, and had eleven other children by his third and fourth wives. By the time these children were born, Leonardo was already in his early twenties.
In the municipal archive in Florence the documentary evidence [discovered only in by Emil Moeller of Leonardo's birth reads: The entry continues with a list of the people present at Leonardo's baptism, evidence that he was also accepted by the community as a Christian and a member of the Catholic Church.
It has been said that Antonio hedged his bets: Nevertheless Leonardo was brought up by his mother Caterina for the first four years of his life, until she herself married a local man, Attacabrigi di Piero del Vacca, who was by trade a kiln builder.
Leonardo then moved into the grander house in Vinci belonging to his father, where he grew up as an only child since his father's first two wives bore him no children.
These facts have been deduced by historians from the fact thatgrandfather Antonio first registered Leonardo as a dependent living with the family in his income tax return for Antonio died inwhen Leonardo was aged about 16 or 17, and the family moved to another house in Vinci.
They also rented the ground floor of a house in the Piazza di San Firenze, close to the Bargello, or prison, in Florence. Leonardo's father was now notary to the Signoria, the ruling council of Florence.
Verrocchio was Florence's leading painter, goldsmith and sculptor, famed for his exquisite craftsmanship. It was the usual practice at this time for boys to be appointed to a bottegha or workshop after their preliminary schooling had been completed around the age of Apprenticeships lasted around six years with the newcomer progressing from pupil, cleaning brushes, preparing pigments and generally fetching and carrying, to assistant, who had learnt all the techniques and tricks of the trade from his master and was able to take a hand in painting commissions where the contract between the master and client allowed.
Legend would have it that Leonardo was some 'boy-genius'. Leonardo's drawing of the Vitruvian Man is name in the modern sense.
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sculptor. musician. textbooks. Leonardo da Vinci CHAPTER 1 Childhood Vinci, DA VINCI Leonardo da Vinci had the good luck to be born out of wedlock. Otherwise, he would have been expected to become a notary, like the firstborn legitimate sons in his family stretching back at least five generations.
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THE LEONARDO WAVE About five hundred years before you picked up this book Leonardo da Vinci was putting the ﬁnishing touches on the Mona Lisa. Over the centuries since his lifetime—he was born on April 15, , and died on May 2, —he has been the subject of wave after wave of scholarly attention and popular fascination. Leonardo da Vinci CHAPTER 1 Childhood Vinci, DA VINCI Leonardo da Vinci had the good luck to be born out of wedlock. Otherwise, he would have been expected to become a notary, like the firstborn legitimate sons in his family stretching back at least five generations. Born on April 15, , in Vinci, Italy, Leonardo da Vinci was the epitome of a “Renaissance man.” Possessor of a curious mind and keen intellect, da Vinci studied the laws of science and nature, which greatly informed his work as a painter, sculptor, architect, inventor, military engineer and draftsman.
Anchiano, which is 3 km away from Vinci, is where the family of da Vinci lived in this area since the 13th century. Where it All Began: Vinci, Italy Every good story has an eventful beginning, and this one begins with the birth of a child named Leonardo in Italy, on April 15, Leonardo da Vinci K E N N E T H C L A R K Leonardo da Vinci Introduced by martin kemp London THE FOLIO SOCIETY Leonardo da Vinci was first published by Cambridge University.
Leonardo has often his smaller inventions. and he spent his Leonardo was born on 15 April (Old Style). and that the empirical methods he employed were unusual for his time. gether with his notebooks.