In 1952 Leonardo da Vinci was born. He was the illegitimate son of a lawyer. His father acknowledged his paternity and agreed to pay for his education. In 1469, da Vinci was 17 years old and his father apprenticed him to the workshop of Verocchio. Verocchio was a master of perspective. During this era, artist where only being to understand perspective and Da Vinci quickly mastered and surpassed Verocchio.
In my opinion, da Vinci was born with the ability to draw. His quick ability to pick up perspective and master it proves this. Leonardo da Vinci stayed at the workshop under the direction of Verocchio until the age of 24. Then he entered the painter's guild and his earliest art reflected this date.
The quote "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up," reflects on da Vinci. His father seen the ability of his son at a young age and decided to help him increase his ability and contain it by committing him to work under Verocchio.
My father saw my ability to play softball as an "art", so he enrolled me in a softball camp for my summer at the age of 12 and 13. This helped me advance my ability and have fun.
In conclusion, Leonardo da Vinci in my opinion was a "born artist." At a young age he was enrolled in a "specialty class" under the direction of a proclaimed master of perception. In under seven years, da Vinci has mastered and surpassed his preceptor.