Leonardo da Vinci

His Childhood and Early Life

Introduction

Leonardo da Vinci is known to be the smartest man of his time as he grew older, although he had a very basic childhood. Very little is known about Leonardo's childhood and as you may have already guessed, Leonardo da Vinci was born in....Vinci.


Early Life

Leonardo da Vinci was born on the 15th April 1492 in Vinci, Italy. Leonardo grew up and was raised at his father's estate in Vinci. His father, Ser Piero, was a landlord and notary in Florence. His mother, Caterina, was a young peasant woman.



When he was 15, his father sent him to Andrea del Verrocchio who made him apprentice. Under his supervision, Leonardo studied painting, sculpture and mechanical arts.


In a nearby workshop owned by Antonio Pallaiuolo, he showed interest in anatomy and was later accepted at the painters' guild in Florence in 1472. He stayed in Florence for the next ten years.


How DId His Childhood Affect His Adulthood?

Sketching

When Leonardo da Vinci was a child, he used to sketch many things around him. He loved to draw animals and plants. When he grew up, Leonardo became a famous painter and inventor. Sketching has made him capable of achieving great art works and planning life-changing inventions.


Art

When Leonardo was an adolescent, he went to study many skills with Andrea del Verrocchio who made him his apprentice. Together, Leonardo learned how to paint and sculpt. This enabled him of painting wonderful illsutrations. Leonardo was not anly a painter but he also had a career as a scluptor.


Sources

Websites

http://school.eb.com/levels/high/article/108470


http://www.sparknotes.com/biography/davinci/section1.rhtml


Books

Barter, James Renaissance Florence USA, Lucent Books, 2003


CD-ROM

Prof. Thomas F.X Noble, The Foundations of Eastern Civilization