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What people say about da Vinci The most talented person ever to have lived. One of the greatest minds in history. The embodiment of the Renaissance man A man before his time. One of the most versatile geniuses in history. His curiosity makes him a symbol of the Renaissance spirit. His mind and personality seem to us superhuman.
Early Life Born in Vinci, near Florence in 1452. Born out of wedlock to a lawyer father and a peasant (illegitimate) His real is name is Lionardo di ser Piero da Vinci (Leonardo son of Piero from Vinci) Very little is known of his early life. At the age of 14 he was apprenticed to a Florentine painter Verrocchio
Apprenticeship to Verrocchio Da Vinci worked with his master on his painting of the Baptism of Christ. It was said that his contribution was so superior to his master’s that Verrocchio put down his brush and never painted again. By 1472 aged 20 da Vinci qualified as a master in the guild of artists in Florence.
The Last Supper Leonardo chose to capture the moment just after Christ tells his apostles that one of them will betray him, and at the institution of the Eucharist. The effect of his statement causes a visible response, in the form of a wave of emotion among the apostles.
Leonardo’s notebooks Written in mirror writing. Books record his fascination with nature and his genius for invention. In many places the pen seems to race along, struggling to keep up with the pace of his mind. Most of the notebooks are housed in museums around the world http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts/FullDisplay.aspx?r ef=Arundel_MS_263www.bl.uk/manuscripts/FullDisplay.aspx?r ef=Arundel_MS_263 Bill Gates bought one of his notebooks for $30.8 million in 1994 – the most expensive book ever.