Leonardo da Vinci was born in 1452v in Vinci, he was the illegitemate son of Piero, a public notary. At the age of 17 Leonardo moved with his father to Florence where Leonardo apprenticed to verrocchio, thats where his brilliance soon pasted that of his masters. It was clear leonardo was a great talent.(world book Pg. 47) In 1472 Leonardo became a member of the painters guild of Florence. In 1476 he was denounced by the night watch, but was acquitted of the charge of immoral conduct. That was the start of Leonardos brilliant correar.(world book Pg. 46) In addition to being one of the smartest people who ever lived, Leonardo is reported to have been strikingly hansom and very strong. Unlike the other 15th-century Italians, he was a vegetarian and followed strict dietary rules. In fact, he loved animals so much that he would often buy caged animals and set them free.(world
book pg. 47) While accepting much of his outlook, Leonardo believed strongly in direct study to learn how nature works. A leading anatomist, brilliant inventor and phenomenally ] acute observer, he took an interest in everything on earth, and even in the Moon, and related subjects.(Leonardo and his world. Pg.16) In 1513 Leonardo went to Rome, attracted by the patronage of the newly elected Medici pope Leo X and his brother Giulanio. Her he found the field dominated by Michelagalo and Rafael. The aging master was assigned to various architectural and engineering project at the Vatican and received commissions for several paintings.
It was perhaps in this period that he executed the enigmatic painting of the St. John the Baptist. Giuliano left Rome in 1515 and died at Fiesole the following year.(yahoo.com) It is thought that Leonardo left with him, attached to his household, and that soon after he accepted an invitation of Francis I to settle at the castle of cloux near Amboise.
Here the old master was left entirely free to pursue his own projects until his death.
(Leonardo and his worldPg. 21) Leonardo recognized that one way to paint scenes realistically was to observe with great care how animals, people, and landscapes really looked. He was also careful to notice the differences in how an object looked when it was seen in bright or dim light.
(yahoo.com) Loeanardo da Vinci trained asa painter during the Renaissance and became a true master of the craft. His amazing powers of observation and skill as an illustrator enabled him to notice and create the effects he saw in nature. He used his notebook in to draw what he saw so he would know where to start when he started painting.
(yahoo.com) Leonardo's Fasination with machines probly started to develop during his childhood years. Some of his earliest sketches clearly show how various machine parts worked. When he was an apprentice in the studio of Verrocchio He observed and used a variety of machines. He was clearly intretsed in how they work.(yahho.com) Many ancient machines were in use during Leonardos time. For example water wheels turned millstones to grind grain and Archimedes' screws lifted water from streams and provided a ready supply of water for all uses.(yahho.com search for Leonarda da Vinci) Artists and craftsman in his time knew how to build and repair the common kinds of machines. The idea of inventing new kinds a machines, however, would not have occurred to them.(Yahoo.com Search for.......) Leonardo developed A unique attitude about machines. He Reasoned that by understanding how each separate machine part worked, he could modify them and combine them in different ways to improve existing machines. (yahoo.com search for....) His talent as an illustrator allowed him to draw his mechanical ideas with exceptional clarity.Five hundred years after they were drawn on paper, many of his sketches can easily be used as blueprints to make exact working models.(yahoo search for....) It is clear that Leonardo, through his compression of art, began many things and never finished one of them, since it seemed to him that the hand was not able to attain to the perfection of art. He worked on many projects many year so he was always busy and never had any time to him self.(yahoo.com search for....) He painted in Milan, for the Friars of S. Dominic at S. Maria dell Grazie, a Last supper, one of the most beautiful paintings leonardo ever painted. He had a keen eye and quick mind that led him to make important scientific discoveries, yet he never published his ideas. (Yahoo.com search for...)