Leonardo da Vinci: The Florentine Period

In 1469, when Leonardo da Vinci was 17 years old, he moved to live with his father to Florence. In this time his father, perceiving his unquestionable artistic talents, showed Verrocchio the drawings of his son. Upon seeing the quality of the sketches of Leonardo, Verrocchio accepted him as an apprentice in his workshop.

Florence currently
Florence currently

In 1472 he collaborated with Verrocchio in his most famous work, the Baptism of Christ. Another works of his Florentine period, although carried out in collaboration, are also: the chapel altarpiece of the Palazzo Vecchio and the Adoration of the Magi.

The Baptism of Christ by Andrea del Verrocchio. 177 x 151 cm. Assisted by Leonardo da Vinci. Uffizi Gallery, Florence
The Baptism of Christ by Andrea del Verrocchio. 177 x 151 cm.
Assisted by Leonardo da Vinci.
Uffizi Gallery, Florence

In 1476 he was anonymously denounced of maintaining homosexual interactions with a model that had posed for him and that was also a prostitute. As a result he spent two months in jail but was finally released because of the lack of witness.

At the age of 28, in 1480 he left the paternal home and went to live in a house property of Lorenzo de Medici, for whom he carried out some artistic works.

Bust of Lorenzo de' Medici - 15th or 16th century terra-cotta bust, probably based on 1478 life-like wax sculptures by Andrea del Verrocchio and Orsino Benintendi.
Bust of Lorenzo de’ Medici – 15th or 16th century terra-cotta bust, probably based on 1478 life-like wax sculptures by Andrea del Verrocchio and Orsino Benintendi.

 

Featured image: Colored woodcut town view of Florence by Hartmann Schedel. From the Nuremberg Chronicle in Latin edition published in 1493. Leaf number LXXXVII. Printed in Nuremberg by Anton Koberger in 1493. – By Bas van Hout (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons