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Leonardo da Vinci The Paranoid Grouch (1452-1519)
Early Life Leonardo was born in Vinci, a short distance from Florence. He was the illegitimate son of a notary. His father set him up with an as an apprentice with Verruchio The village of Vinci
A Young Master By the age of 20 he surpassed his master, painting The Baptism of Christ in 1472. It is rumored that Verruchio never painted again after this.
A Universal Man There was little that Leonardo did not excel at. He was a painter, a sculptor, an engineer, a musician, a singer, a mathematician, a physicist, a botanist, an anatomist, a cartographer, a geologist, a geographer, a poet, a town planner.
The Notebooks Leonardo kept notes on everything. Around 5,000 pages still exist. However, he used mirror-writing to ensure privacy while and after he wrote. More mundanely, perhaps he did so because he was left handed and found this easier.
The Notebooks His studies were large and small – from anatomical studies of the human arm to plans for a bridge to cross the Golden Horn in Istanbul.
Poor Completion Record He had a reputation for not completing works. Involved in so many things, he could not manage his time. When given the commission for the Virgin of the Rocks, he promised it within 7 months but did not deliver it until 25 years later.
The Last Supper Leonardo was commissioned to paint this for the refectory of a Dominican monastery. He disastrously decided to use oils, instead of fresco, on the damp walls. It deteriorated almost immediately.
The Last Supper Painting in fits and starts, and usually with hired musicians playing for him, the project dragged on to the point where the monks threatened to lock him in until the work was finished. Legend has it that Leonardo retaliated by painting the abbot as the image of Judas.
The Mona Lisa (La Giaconda) This oil on panel is his most famous work. Begun in 1503, it was still in his possession when he died in France. Resides in the Louvre.
The Mona Lisa (La Giaconda) The enigmatic smile is most frequently commented on.
The Mona Lisa (La Giaconda) There is a hypothesis that this is actually not a direct portrait of a Florentine woman at all – or that da Vinci has placed elements of his own image in the portrait..