Notes on Leonardo da Vinci
(Image - Leonardo da Vinci self portrait)
Leonardo da Vinci was born on April 15th 1452 from the somewhat irregular relationship between Caterina, a peasant, and Ser Piero, a successful notary, After spending his childhood in a small village near Vinci, hence his name da Vinci, in his early teens Ser Piero sent him to Florence as an apprentice in the workshop of Andrea del Verrocchio. In a few years time, Leonardo overshadowed his master and at the age of 20 he enrolled in the Guild of St. Luke.became as an independent artist.
In 1482, when he turned 30, endorsed by Lorenzo de’ Medici, he moved to Milano to put his many skills at the service of Ludovico Maria Sforza, known as il Moro, the ruler and future Duke of the Milanese State.
Employed maybe at first as a musician he soon applied himself to military engineering projects - largely appreciated in a State that thrived on the production of weapons and armoury - pageants, architecture, and last but not least to painting. In just a few years time, thanks to his versatile nature and proficiency in many diverse fields, Leonardo became the most important artist at the Milanese court.