Leonardo Da Vinci

"Leonardo da Vinci...oh yeah, that is the guy who painted the Mona Lisa!"
That was all I knew about Leonardo da Vinci before I started this report. I
knew that he lived during the Renaissance and that he was a very important
man, but that is about it. There is so much more about Leonardo that he is
known for, other than him being the painter of the famous Mona Lisa. Leonardo
was a universal genius, (as said in "What Makes a Leonardo a Leonardo?" By:
Richard Mühlberger, Copyright: 1994) because he excelled in numerous areas of
knowledge and contributed so much to the Renaissance. He was one of the great
masters of the High Renaissance (as said in the following website:
http://metalab.unc.edu/cgfa/vinci/vinci_bio.htm) who was a painter, sculptor,
architect, engineer, mathematician, geologist, astronomer and scientist.
Birthplace and Childhood: Leonardo da Vinci was born at 10:30 PM on
Saturday, April 15th, 1452. He was born in the small Tuscan town of Vinci,
which is near Florence. Although, in another reference, it said that he was
probably born in a farm house in Anchiano, which is about three miles away
from Vinci. The family of Leonardo lived in this area since the 13th century.
When Leonardo was born, Ser Piero, his father, was a twenty-five year old
public notary. Also, when Leonardo was born, Ser Piero married his wife. He
didn\'t marry Catarina, his mother, because she probably the daughter of a
farmer.
Leonardo was christened from the parson Peiro da Bartolomeo, in the
Baptismal Chapel. He was baptized to the name Lionardo, not Leonardo. The
chapel is inside the church of Vinci.
According to a tax record, when Leonardo was five years old, he was
living with his grandparents. Francesco, his uncle, probably taught him about
nature though the wild countryside that surrounds Vinci. When Francesco died,
about fifty years later, he willed his estate to Leonardo, which showed a
sense of fondness to Leonardo.
Apprenticeship: Leonardo lived in Vinci until 1466. Vinci is a small
town, in the foot of Monte Albano, in the Tuscany in Italy. When he was
fourteen, he moved to Florence, where he bagan an apprenticeship in the
workshop of Andrea del Verrocchio. Verrocchio was the leading Florentine
painter and sculptor of his day. The apprenticeship program provided all
artistic training. He was introduced to many things like painting
alterpieces, panel pictures and the creation of large sculptural projects in
marble and bronze. Leonardo served Verrocchio for about thirteen years. While
in the artists workshop he went to being a journeyman and then to being
master craftsman. When he became a master craftsman, he was expected to copy
Verrocchio\'s work to perfection beacuse everything made in the shop was sold
under Verrocchio\'s name. After seeing how Verrocchio\'s knowledge of several
subjects helped him, Leonardo saw that mastering many skills was one of the
goals of an artist. He saw that science and art were closely related to each
other and became a master for both. Verrocchio and Leonardo, then
collaborated on the painting "The Baptism of Christ" in about the year of
1472.
The first known and dated work of Leonardo da Vinci is a pen and ink
drawing of the Aronovalley. Leonardo drew it on August 5th, 1473. It shows
the ingenious mind of Leonardo because he drew the landscape in a way that it
look real, unlike anyone else\'s work produced before.
Years in Milan: Between 1482 and 1499, Leonardo was in the service of the
Duke of Milan. He was described in a list of the Dukes staff as a painter and
engineer of the duke. Leonardo completed six paintings during this time in
the dukes service. He also advised on architecture, fortifications and
military matters. Plus, he was considered as a hydraulic and mechanical
engineer.
During the year of 1495, Leonardo began working on one of his most famous
masterpieces, the Last Supper. This painting is an illustration of Leonardo\'s
unique style. He broke with tradition by arranging the figures of the
apostles into small groups with Jesus seated in the center of the scene.
Leonardo\'s portrayal of the Last Supper is alive with momentum and
interaction between the characters. The people of his time had never seen a
more vivid representation of