Leonardo Da Vinci created a new way of looking at machines. He figured out how to understand how each separate machine part worked, he could change them and put them together in different ways to make existing machines better or invent machines no one had ever seen before. Leonardo was the first one to write explanations of how machines work and how different of machines can be combined. His tremendous talents as an artist allowed him to draw his mechanical ideas very very well. Five hundred years after they were put on paper, many of his drawings can easily be used as blueprints to create good working models. The town of Vinci has changed very little in the past 544 years since then. Stone houses are clustered together around the protective battlements of a castle. The tall church tower is still an important landmark in Vinci. The town of Vinci is surrounded by good farmland.
The hillsides are planted with grape vines and fruit trees and patches of silvery green olive trees.
Leonardo Da Vinci was born on April 15th in the year 1452 in the small hill town of Anchiano (about 3 km away from Vinci), Italy His father, Ser Piero, was a successful public notary and his mother, Catarina, a peasant woman.
When he was 12 years old, Leonardo moved to Florence, Italy with his father. Because Leonardo was so good at drawing, his father got him a good job as an apprentice in the for Andrea Del Verrocchio, one of the best artist in Florence. When he was working for Verrocchio, Leonardo learned how to prepare canvases, make brushes, plus grind and mix paints. Verrocchio also taught him how to sculpt wood, stone and clay, and how to make metal objects out of silver and gold.