FC: Leonardo Da Vinci | By: Michael Rodriguez
1: Leonardo Da Vinci was born on April 15, 1452 in Vinci,Italy. Leonardo's parents were Ser Piero da Vinci and Caterina (no last name given). Leonardo was the apprentice of Andrea Del Verrocchio when he was 15 years old. He was Verrocchio's apprentice until 1476 but remained in Verrocchio's studio until he left Florence in 1482. The painting is of Leonardo da Vinci seven years before his death in 1519
2: Leonardo learned to paint, sculpt, and some mechanic skills under Verrocchio. Leonardo also made many technical sketches like the tank to the right. Leonardo made one of the angels in the painting Baptism of Christ with oil paint in 1472. This impressed many artist during the Renaissance, like his teacher. Leonardo is commissioned to do the Adoration of theMagi in 1481. He does not finish this painting because he leaves Florence in 1482. Leonardo left after the Medici family was no longer ruling Florence.
4: Leonardo moved to Milan in 1482 and stayed there for 17 years.He was the painter and engineer of the duke in Milan. Leonardo made one famous painting called The Last Supper (bottom left of the next page) in Milan. Leonardo was told to sculpt a equestrian statue in Francesco Sforza's honor. It took him 12 years, with interruptions, to complete the clay layout of the horse. It was displayed at the wedding of Emperor Maximilian and Bianca Maria Sforza. The clay horse was going to be 16 feet tall (5 meters high) but Milan feared war and used the metal for the horse statue to make cannons.
5: While Leonardo was in Milan, he gathered some pupils.The pupils that Leonardo acquired were Giovanni Antonio Boltraffio, Ambrogio de Predis, Bernardino de' Conti, Francesco Napoletano, Andrea Solari, Marco d'Oggiono, and Salai.
6: Leonardo left Milan shortly after the French victoriously invaded Milan. Leonardo worked on the Mona Lisa from 1503-1506 and also made the Battle of Anghiari. Leonardo studied science while he was in Florence for the second time. He wrote the Leicester Codex (Codex Hammer).
7: Leonardo traveled to Milan in 1506 but went back to Florence in 1507-08 to help Giovanni Francesco Rustici execute his bronze statue. Afterwards, Leonardo stayed in Milan for a few years. Leonardo did not paint much during his second visit to Milan. He gathered pupils though. Two of his past pupils returned to his studio. The two pupils wereBernardino de' Conti and Salai. Leonardo also got new pupils such as Cesare da Sesto, Giampetrino, Bernardino Luini, and Leonardo's most faithful friend until his death, Francesco Melzi. Leonardo was commisioned to sculpt Ludovico Sforza' s tomb. This tomb was to take the form of a equestrian statue and placed in the mortuary chapel in which was donated by Trivulzio to the church of San Nazaro Maggiore. Leonardo did not finish this project.
8: Leonardo left Milan at 60 years old. He then went to rome at the end of 1513 and took Francesco Melzi, Salai, and two studio assistants with him. At 65, Leonardo Da Vinci left Italy forever with Francisco Melzie and worked for France under Francis the first. Leonardo spent his last few years at Cloux. Leonardo did little painting in France and mostly spent his time going over his scientific studies. Leonardo da Vinci died on May 2, 1519 in Amboise, Italy at his castle in Cloux. He was buried at Saint Florentin.
9: The church was damaged during the French Revolution. In the 19th century, all of the bones and gravestones were lost and the church torn down. Francesco Melzi, the only pupil that Leonardo brought with him to France, was given all of Leonardo's notebooks. Francesco's son was a lawyer who saw no value in the pages and gave them away and sold them to collectors. They fourtionatly found some of his notebooks in a museum. The pages are now on display at different museums throughout Italy and France. Even though they found some of his notebooks, not all of his notebooks were discovered. The notebooks were found at the National Library of Madrid. There might be as many as 6,000 notebooks left in the world.
10: R.I.P Leonardo Da Vinci April 15 1452-May 2 1519 Died at Cloux in Amboise, Italy | As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well spent brings happy death. Common Sense is that which judges the things given to it by other senses. Leonardo Da Vinci | I have offended God and mankind because my work didn't reach the quality it should have. Leonardo da Vinci Leonardo's painting of the angel (left) made with oil paint, amazed his teacher so much that he vowed to never pick up a paintbrush as long as he lived. This was one of the first, great paintings that Leonardo made.
11: This is the Baptism of Christ that allowed Leonardo to surpass his teacher when the was painted angel
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