Reporter: Francis B. Corral
* Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519)
- an Italian master of the arts of painting, sculpture, and architecture, a draftsman, an accomplished engineer, and a pioneer investigator, in the natural sciences. Life and works in painting
* Born in 1452 in Vinci, Republic of Florence (now in Italy), Leonardo spent his youth in Tuscany and in 1469, went to Florence with his father . Shortly there after, he entered the studio of sculptor Andrea del Verrocchio as an apprentice, where he received a diversified training, until 1476. He worked with Verrocchio on the painting of the “ Baptism of Christ “ In 1492, Leonardo went to Milan, where he remained in the service of the court of Ludovico Sforza until 1499, painting portraits, inventing machines of war, staging theatrical pageants and designing town plans and architecture. It was in Milan, too, that he painted the famous Last Supper, which was ordered by Ludovico il Moro for the refectory of the Monastery of Santa Maria delle Grazie.In 1499, Leonardo made a short visit to Mantua and proceeded from there to Venice and then to Florence, arriving there in 1500 almost 20 years after he had left, he remained there until 1506 although he visited Rome during 1502 and 1503. Soon after his arrivral, he excuted a cartoon, now in the National Gallery, London, for painting of The Virgen and Child and St. Anne. Leonardo completed few of his commissions and the list of his surviving works is not long . Among his other important works are : an unfinished Adoration of Magi in the Uffizi in Florence. The Virgin of the Rocks of which there are two versions, one in the Louvre, and one in the national Gallery in London; and a St. John in the Louvre, his last painting. In 1504, he began a large wall painting, The Battle of the Anghiari, in the council chamber of the Florentine Republic in the Palazzo...