Audrey Claire Henderson Ms. Mcpeak Art1113 3 April 2017

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Audrey Claire Henderson Ms. McPeak Art1113 3 April 2017 Leonardo da Vinci Leonardo da Vinci was born April 15, 1452 in a little farmhouse along the rolling hills of Tuscany. Leonardo was the illegitimate child of a young peasant woman, Caterina, and a respected Florentine notary, Ser Piero. His father was also a wealthy businessman and landowner. He lived with his mother until the age of five and then moved in with his father where he welcomed as a member of the family and received elementary education. At the age of 15, Leonardo began an apprenticeship with the artist Andrea del Verrocchio in Florence where he learned a wide spread of skills dealing with technical and mechanical subjects. These included drawing, painting, and sculpting…show more content…
(Hutchinson) In 1502, he joined the military of Cesare Borgia as a senior military engineer. Borgia was at the height of his power and was said to be one of the most compelling feared men of his time. da Vinci and Borgia became infatuated with one another and their accomplishments. In Borgia’s court Leonardo met Nicolo Machiavelli. In da Vinci, Machiavelli sparked a curiosity for politics. In 1503, they left Borgia and began planning together a system of canals. It was here while planning the route for the canal that he fell in love with the beauty of the land for his work the Mona Lisa. The project for the canals failed shortly after. In 1506, Leonardo was summoned back to Milan by the French governor. Here he became a painter and engineer to King Louis XII of France. Between 1506 and 1510, he wrote one of his most inclusive notebooks called Codex Leicester. The 72 pages contain da Vinci’s thoughts on astronomy, hydrodynamics, riverbank erosion, and properties of water. The book was bought for 30.8 million dollars in 1994 by Bill Gates. It is the only privately owned manuscripts on da Vinci’s and the only one in the US. In 1513, he relocated to Rome where we worked under the patronage of Guiliano de Medici. Here he also spent much of his time on writing, science, and engineering. Three years later after Giuliano de Medici died he moved to France where King Francis I had extended an invitation to him. He

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