Category: Biographies

Leonardo's earliest known drawing, the Arno Valley (1473), Uffizi

Leonardo da Vinci: Childhood and Youth

Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci was born the 15th of April, 1452 in Anchiano (near Vinci) as the illegitimate son of ser Piero da Vinci and Caterina. While his father had a well-off social […]

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

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 […]

The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci - Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan

Leonardo da Vinci: The Milanese Period

In 1483, trying to find a patronage that would assured his economic wellbeing, Leonardo offered his services to Ludovico “The Moor” of the Sforza family. Leonardo highlighted his capacity not only to create paintings or […]

Map of ancient Italy by Abraham Ortelius. Theatrum Orbis Terrarum. London, 1606 (i.e. 1608?). Plate xviii. - Folger Shakespeare Library [Public domain or CC BY-SA 4.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Leonardo da Vinci: Errant Period

Leonardo left the city of Milan when it was taken by the French in 1498. From there he moved to Mantua, later on to Venice and afterwards to Florence, city in which he put his […]

Portrait of Leonardo da Vinci by Francesco Melzi - Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Leonardo da Vinci: Private Life

Leonardo was a really peculiar and surprising character even for his contemporary fellows. On his private life it is said that Leonardo was hermetic, dreamer, loner, quick mood changer and detached from material things. It […]