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"Leonardo Da Vinci: Universal Genius" A General Look At The Life And Accomplishments Of Leonardo Da Vinci

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Leonardo da Vinci was born April 15, 1452 outside of the sleepy town of Vinci. Which is about one days travel on mule cart. Leonardo's father was named Ser Piero da Vinci. Very little is known about his mother because his father and his mother were not married. What is know about her is that her name was Caterina and Ser Piero refused to marry her so ancestry was intentionally suppressed so she could marry again. Some people believe that she was poor and Ser Piero did not want her in the family. Ser Piero had four wives, this did not include Caterina because he did not marry her. Between his four wives he had a total of six children. It is possible that there could have been more children ...view middle of the document...

Even though Leonardo hated the "bestial madness" of war he mastered military engineering to a greater degree than anyone else. He was hired by several rulers of Italian city-states to design.Leonardo's life wasn't always good. When he was twenty-four he ran into some trouble with the law. On April 8, 1476 and June 7, 1476 anonymous accusations were submitted to the Police of Public Morals in the tamburo. The tamburo was a place where anonymous accusations against citizens were placed. The accusations stated that Leonardo had committed acts of sodomy. Both accusations are believed to be written by different people because the first one was written in Italian and the other was written in Latin. The church considers sodomy a very serious crime but it happened so much throughout the Renaissance that they had given up trying to catch people for committing such acts. Luckily for Leonardo both times the accusations were dismissed. Unfortunately, he had to suffer the embarrassment of being arrested on such charges. Today, it is not sure whether or not these charges are true but many people believe that the accusations were falsely made by an enemy of Leonardo just to give Leonardo a bad name and to get him in trouble.In 1478 Leonardo had his own studio in Florence. At this time he was commissioned to paint the "Adoration of Kings". It was not completed because he left Florence in 1482 and moved to the city of Milan. In Milan he became the military engineer for the Duke as he had wished. He was also the court artist. Around 1499, the French overthrew the Duke of Milan and Leonardo left the city as well and returned to Florence. When he returned to Florence he was a well known person. He had becomefamous for much of the work he had done in Milan .When Leonardo was young, he stood out from the others even back then. His abilities in painting exceeded all of his peers. At some point he even became more talented with a brush than his master who was teaching him at the time. He then became an apprentice to Andrea del Verrochio. Andrea was a well known painter and sculptor from Florence. Verrochio was one of the most successful painters and sculptors in Florence at the time.In 1483 Leonardo Painted "Madonna of the Rocks". "Madonna of the Rocks" is his earliest surviving work of his. Leonardo hated deadlines and fixed schedules during the painting of the "Last Supper" he would sometimes paint from sunrise to sunset. Then he would go for days and not come near it. Sometimes he would just stare at it and criticize the characters and critique the work that he had already done...

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