Topics: Leonardo da Vinci, Florence, Mona Lisa Pages: 3 (1008 words) Published: February 25, 2013
Tony Chen5/5/11
Mr. Solowey
Renaissance- Leonardo da Vinci
Perhaps when everyone hears this name the idea of genius and the painter of Mona Lisa come to mind. Nor is he only a genius and the painter of Mona Lisa but he is a very multi-talented person. The type on art Leonardo used was known as “chiaroscuro” a color shading technique. Leonardo was not a proud man as he said “I have offended God and mankind because my work didn’t reach the quality it should have.” Brainyquote.com 2001-2011 even though Leonardo was a genius he could see himself as an even better person. Leonardo da Vinci was born with the full name of Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci on April 15, 1452 a Wednesday 3 o’clock in the morning or what other people dispute what is 10:30 p.m. He was born to a notary by the name of Ser Piero and a peasant girl called Catherina at Vinci, at the Val d’ Arno in Anachino.

Not much was known about Leonardo’s youth. In his childhood Leonardo only recorded events one was about a kite and how it was an omen and the other one was about a cave and how he thought there were monsters in the cave but he ended up entering the cave anyways out of curiosity. Leonardo’s family had many problems; his mother remarried to a cow herder and left the family and his father also remarried to a wealthy family. After the family got separated, he spent his childhood on his father’s side as noticed in Leonardo’s grandfather’s notes that he was baptized and raised in his father’s house. The first signs of Leonardo’s genius were shown when he showed special talents in his youth. He was quick at music; he could play the lyre and other instruments, he could also sing very well. Leonardo was also really good in math and good at drawing as he was said to be sketching animals and birds in his youth. Then in 1466, when Leonardo was 14 years old, Leonardo’s father who noticed his talent, decided to send him to Andrea Verrocchio, a Florentine artist who had many talents, to become...
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