Leonardo Da Vinci was an Italian Renaissance painter, sculptor, architect, and engineer, among other lifetime accomplishments. Being one of the most renowned artists of his generation as well as in the history of art, Da Vinci acquired his reputation based on the quality of his creative works. His was one of a kind; accomplished creations have survived long past his lifetime (Clark). Beginning at a very young age with an apprenticeship, Da Vinci used his skills and eye to charm his way into the most notable family in Florence. Within a short time he was able to parlay his talents to become respected throughout his world. His research and findings, especially in anatomy and nature were controversial in his day as well as groundbreaking. Even though Leonardo was a talented man, several of his works remained unfinished after his lifetime.
In death, Da Vinci has received much more credit throughout art history, up to and including present day. History shows that there are few known paintings by Da Vinci. His painting The Annunciation is one of Leonardo’s earliest surviving pieces, hanging in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence today.
Leonardo Da Vinci was born in the village of Vinci, thus his namesake, outside of Florence, to a notary named Ser Piero and a peasant girl named Caterina. In 1466, when he was eleven years old, Leonardo’s father sent him to work as an apprentice for Andrea del Verrocchio. Verrocchio ran a botega in Florence (Scala). During the first few years as an apprentice, Leonardo mainly prepared the works of art and mixed the pigments. As he progressed as an apprentice, his teens were spent studying the works of Donatello, Ghiberti and Massaccio. Leonardo would have also met Botticelli, Domenico Ghirlandaio and Perugino, in Verrocchio’s workshop and the Medici home.
Verrocchio’s piece of art, The Baptism of Christ, the first piece to which Leonardo was allowed... [continues]
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