He is one of the most famous artists of history, and some people think that he is one of the most talented people to have ever lived.
Leonardo was born in Vinci, a small town in Italy that is where he got his name –‘Da Vinci’ means ‘of Vinci’, so he is known as ‘Leonardo of Vinci’.
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Verrocchio and his apprentices would often work on pieces together in the workshop. That is why Leonardo only painted part of the earliest paintings we have of his.
By the time he was twenty Leonardo was good enough that his father set him up in his own workshop, and that is when he began creating artworks of his own. Despite training as an artist, it seems that Leonardo did not think of himself as a painter.
|Leonardo Da Vinci_Self Portrait|
It’s true that Leonardo was full of ideas of inventions that would not be used for hundreds of years and he spent a great deal of time in a close and careful study of the world around him.
A long time had been spent by him on studying the human anatomy, he imagined ways that people could walk on water and designed armored tanks; he invented an early parachute and a version of the helicopter, a self-propelled cart, and scuba diving gear.
He tried countless ways and studied birds, but as far as we know, Leonardo Da Vinci never achieved flight.
|Leonardo Da Vinci’s Monalisa|
Two of his paintings, ‘The Last Supper’ and ‘The Mona Lisa’ are considered the most famous paintings of the world.
Leonardo Da Vinci was incredibly famous and successful during his lifetime, unlike many other artists.
And after he died, people were still interested in him and his art. For more than five hundred years people have studied and enjoyed his work.
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