■ Birth name: Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci
■ Born: April 15, 1452 (Vinci, Republic of Florence present-day Italy) ■ Died May 2, 1519 (Age 67 Amboise, Kingdom of France) ■ Nationality: Italian
■ Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci was an Italian Renaissance polymath: painter, sculptor, architect, musician, scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer. ■ Leonardo da Vinci was the love child of a landowner and a peasant girl. Raised by his father, he began apprenticing at the age of 14 under the artist Verrocchio. Within six years, he was a master artist and began taking commissions from wealthy clients. His best-known works are two of the most famous paintings of all time, the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper. His scientific inquiries fill 13,000 pages, ranging from anatomy to war machines. Important Works
■ Leonardo's most well-known painting, arguably the most famous painting in the world, the Mona Lisa, was a privately commissioned work and was completed sometime between 1505 and 1507. ■ He began working on it in 1495, and finished Last Supper in 1498. This is worth nothing, as Leonardo was known with a marked trend to leave projects unfinished. Mona Lisa
■ Possibly one of the most famous paintings in the world, the portrait of the Mona Lisa is referred to as simply the Mona Lisa, La Joconde, or La Gioconda. It is an oil on board painting that is 77cm high and 53cm wide. It is thought that the portrait is the wife of the wealthy socialite Francesco del Giocondo, Lisa Gherardini. The portrait has been written about and discussed in countless books and publications. Artists and more recently film makers have also produced derivative works from the Mona Lisa. Artists like Andy Warhol and Marcel Duchamp produced works inspired by the painting. The film starring Julia Robert...