Leonardo da Vinci was born April 15, 1452 in Vinci, Italy. Leonardo's mastery in art, science and engineering have earned him a place among the most prolific geniuses of history. He was one of the most important artists of the Italian Renaissance, a period when the arts and sciences flourished.
At age 17, Leonardo and his father moved to Florence, where he apprenticed to Verrocchio. His brilliance soon eclipsed that of his master. In 1472, Leonardo became a member of the painter's guild of Florence, where he had contact with other great Florentine artists including Michelangelo Buonarroti.
In 1481, Leonardo left Florence for Milan to offer his service to the local Duke. During this period he painted the Virgin of the Rocks and the Last Supper. In 1499, Leonardo left Milan, traveling through Mantua to the court of Isabella d'Este; to Venice, where he consulted on architecture from 1495 to 1499; and in 1502 and 1503 was military engineer for Cesare Borgia. After his service to the Borgias, Leonardo returned to Florence. It was during the period between 1503 and 1506, while working primarily in Florence, that he had his greatest following and painted such classics as the Mona Lisa.
Leonardo left Florence for Milan in 1506, although he returned in 1507-8 to fight for his inheritance from his Uncle. In 1509, he returned to Milan and devoted much of his time to scientific studies, and to engineering projects such as channeling the course of the Adda river. In 1512, Leonardo left Milan again, and from 1513 to 1516 was in Rome under the protection of Giuliano de Medici, the brother of Pope Leo X. Here Leonardo came into contact with Michelangelo, and another young rival, Raphael.
After the death of Giuliano dei Medici, Leonardo accepted an invitation from French friends and moved to the castle of Cloux near Amboise, where he stayed with his faithful pupil Melzi until the end of his life. Leonardo died on May 2, 1519, and was buried in the cloister of San Fiorentino in Amboise.
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by Leonardo da Vinci (Author), H. Anna Suh (Editor)
Culled from more than 7,000 pages of sketches and writings found in rare books, papers, and other resources throughout the world, Leonardo's Notebooks presents, for the first time, an exhaustive collection of the insights and brilliance of Leonardo.
Leonardo da Vinci: The Complete Works
by Augusta Tosone (Editor), Catherine Frost (Translator)
All of Leonardo Da Vinci's work is presented in this compact volume - from his paintings and frescos, to detailed reproductions of his remarkable encrypted notebooks.
Leonardo: The Artist and the Man
by Serge Bramly
Bramly's acclaimed biography reveals Leonardo to be as complicated, seductive, and profoundly sympathetic as the figures he painted.
Da Vinci & Mysteries of the Renaissance
Includes the Golden Globe-winning miniseries, The Life of Da Vinci and the Emmy-winning Renaissance series profiling Michelangelo, Raphael, and others.
Da Vinci and the Code He Lived By
Produced by The History Channel
The "Code" in the title refers to Da Vinci's implacable work ethic, his insatiable curiosity and the talent and discipline required to keep his busy mind satisfied.
The Lost Leonardo
A CBS "60Minutes" Report
Scientist, Inventor, Artist
The Museum of Science, Boston
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Leonardo's The Virgin of the Rocks
At the National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London
Other Artists in the Lucidcafé Library
Other Inventors in the Lucidcafé Library