A daily dose of Inspiration for you!

Inventors are inspirational.  Leonardo da Vinci is inspirational.  Leonardo da Vinci was born Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci on April 15, 1452 in Vinci, Republic of Florence, which is now known as Italy.  Many people think of him as a painter, however during his life he was known for work in diverse fields of art and science.  He was an inventor, an architect, and an engineer.  His work and interests included painting, sculpting, music, math, literature, anatomy, geology, botany, writing, history, astronomy, and cartography.  People have recognized him as a genius.


Leonardo was born out of wedlock to a wealthy notary and a peasant woman.  He lived during his first five years of life with his mother.  He then lived with his father, grandparents, and uncle.  His father married, however his wife died young.  His father remarried three times before Leonardo had any brothers or sisters.  When Leonardo was 14 in 1466, he was apprenticed to an artist known as Verrochio in Florence.  He is said to have assisted on The Baptism of Christ painting which led to Verrochio quitting painting due to Leonardo’s skill.  He was known for his looks as well and is said been the model for two works of Verrochio.


In 1472, at twenty years old, Leonardo became a master in the Guild of Saint Luke which was for artists and doctors.  By 1480, he may have been living with the Medici family and working in the Garden of the Piazza San Marco with artists, poets, and philosophers.  From 1482 until 1499 Leonardo worked in Milan.  During this time he painted Virgin of the Rocks and The Last Supper.  After the Second Italian War Leonardo left Milan for Venice.  He was employed as a military architect and engineer.  Leonardo returned to Florence in 1500.  In 1502 he began travelling and working as a military architect and engineer for the son of Pope Alexander VI.  He became chief of his post after creating a, at the time novelty, map of Imola.  He worked on another map and constructing a dam to sustain a canal.


The Mona Lisa was created in the early 16th century.  In 1506, Leonardo returned to Milan until his father died and he went back to Florence.  After sorting out affairs with his brothers, he moved back to Milan in 1508.  From 1513 until 1516 he lived in Belvedere in the Vatican in Rome.  King Francis I is said to have been a close friend and holding his head when Leonardo died on May 2, 1519.


While he did not create a multitude of paintings, he did draw and sketch a lot.  There is record of 13,000 pages of notes and drawings on a variety of subjects.  There are ideas for inventions and observations.  There are scientific studies.  He did experiment with scientific methods, however he theorized and hypothesized integrating the arts, especially painting.  Leonardo was famous while alive and still is today.  Be inspired!  Have a bright day!

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