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Childhood, Leonardo da Vinci: Leonardo de Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci was born in Vinci, Italy. When he was born his actual name was Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci. When he was born, he was born before his parents were married. Because of that, that is why Leonardo changed his name from his fathers to his own. He found that having the name of a man that helped give birth to him before birth was disgraceful. Leonardo da Vinciís father, Ser Piero da Vinci, was a well-off landowner or craftsman, and his mother was a peasant girl named Caterina. Leonardo grew up with his father in Florence. When living in Florence he became a painters apprentice and then later on became an independent painter in Florence. His first job was when he worked for a man Ludovico Sforza, the Duke of Milan. Before all of this Leonardo was a gifted child when it came to doing intellectual things and things involving art. This was all because his parents sent him to really good school allowing him to learn.

Family, Leonardo da Vinci(1452-1519)

            Leonardo grew up in Florence with his family. His father was a rich man and his mother was a peasant girl. The two combined made up a good mother and father figure for Leonardo. When living in Florence, his parents gave him the best education that Florence can offer. Because of this, Leonardo became extremely good at intellectual things or anything involving with art. His parents cared about him and what he did with his life. All of this helped him become advanced socially and intellectually. Leonardo was born as an only child so it was easy for his parents to pay for all the things that he needed. For those times, Leonardoís childhood was a good childhood compared to other children. Because his mother was a peasant she respected and cherished what they had. His father was rich because he had to work for the money. That showed Leonardo that he had to work for what he had and not to take advantage of what he had and others didnít. 

Professional Life, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)

            Leonardoís first job was for the Duke of Milan, Ludovico Sforza. He had his own workshop with about 40 apprentices. He began work with the Duke of Milan because he sent him a letter saying that he could build portable bridges that was useful for battles and transportation. Leonardo also said that he knew techniques of building bombardments, cannons, ships, armored vehicles, catapults, and other war machines. Leonardo was the reason behind a bunch of successful attacks from the duke. In addition, he assisted the Italian mathematician Luca Pacioli in the celebrated work Divina Proportione. Leonardoís most famous painting that survived the Florentine time was the Mona Lisa. This portrait was well known because it was a special painting of Leonardo. He would take this painting everywhere he went. He was also known as a really good inventor and not just a painter.

Golden Years, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)

            Leonardoís golden years were is best years for everything that he did. The most remember able thing that he did was paint the Mona Lisa. His golden years were mostly all of his painting. He first worked for the Duke of Milan, then the Duke of Romagna, and the son and chief general of Pope Alexander VI. When working for the Duke of Romagna, he was the chiefís architect and engineer. He would supervise the work on the fortress as it was being built. When working for the Duke of Milan, he was in charge of making all the military objects like: catapults, ships, armored cars, cannons, and etcetera. Da Vinciís golden years were what made him a well known name today in art and architecture.