Leonardo da Vinci ( Leonardo da Vinci, léonard de vinci * 1452 † 1519 )

Portrait of an old man presumably by Leonardo da Vinci

Biography of Leonardo da Vinci

An Universal Genius (1452 - 1519)

Leonardo was born in April 15, 1452 in Toscany, near Vinci, where he was raised by his grand-parents. In 1466, before he became the leader of the artistic corporation "Company San Luca" in Florence, he studied with the artist Andre Verrocchio and remained his student 5 years after being accepted in the corporation. Between 1482 and 1499, he was a painter, sculptor and architect at the court of the Sforzas in Milano. At this period, he painted the famous "Last Supper" which marked the beginning of the High Renaissance.

In 1500, he returned to Florence and stayed there until 1506. At that time, he painted the Mona-Lisa and was busy studying the human body at a hospital's mortuary.

Between 1506 and 1513, Leonardo da Vinci was the governor of Milano for the king of France and went back to Rome and remained there until 1516. He died in France, on May 2, 1519, while he worked for the king of France, François the First.

As an artist, Leonardo da Vinci is recognized as a master of the Renaissance, such as Michelangelo, Raffaelo or Tiziano. But his multiple skills distinguish him as an unique genius.



Art prints and oil reproductions by Leonardo da Vinci

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