Life Story of Leonardo Da Vinci

He is mostly famous for his Mona Lisa painting. Even though Mona Lisa, also known as "La Joconde" and engraved in minds with her mysterious smile, is the work that brought Leonardo Da Vinci real fame, the master painter also earned a rightful reputation by creating numerous works  as an astronomer, philosopher, architect, engineer, mathematician, sculptor, musician, cartographer and writer . 




The life story of Vinci, who left mark on the Renaissance period he lived in as a genius with many various talents, has always been wondered.  The king of France and the Duke of Milan were also impressed by his genius, and he made many paintings and sculptures for them. Even though being a versatile artist led his works in his fields of interest to remain unfinished, the master artist managed to leave an indelible mark in the history with his genius and talent.  Here are some details on the life of Leonardo Da Vinci…



Fully deserving the title genius with his talent for both the art and science, Leonardo Da Vinci believed that he had to have a good grasp of human anatomy in order for his paintings to be realistic, and he studied deeply in this field.  Giving up painting due to the disorder and paralysis in his right arm and devoting himself to scientific studies, Vinci was born in Florence on April 15, 1452.




The artist, whose real name is Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci, can be defined as "Hezarfen" due to his talent and knowledge.  There is also a rumor that the artist, whose name means "Leonardo, son of Master Piero from Vinci" was born as a child out of wedlock. His father Piero married another woman in the year Leonardo was born, so the famous painter spent his childhood with his mother Caterine.




Leonardo started to travel to Florence time to time to visit his father, and grew up without love and attention from his family members other than his uncle. Living in the town of Vinci in Italy, Leonardo traveled back to Florence with his father in 1466 when he was 14. Leonardo, whose chance of getting higher education came to naught as children born out of wedlock were not allowed to attend the university, focuses on his passion for painting more. 



He received training from Andrea del Verrocchio, one of the renowned painters of that period, by the help of his father who discovered that he had a high talent in painting, and also became his apprentice. Having the opportunity to meet many famous painters during this period, Leonardo started to work for Sforza, the Duke of Milan, after a few years.  The unsent letter written by Leonardo to the Duke is referred to as the most impressive job application in the world history.



Leaving Florence in 1482, Leonardo worked for the Duke of Milan for 17 years. The talented painter Leonardo Da Vinci made not only paintings and sculptures, but also buildings and weapon and machine designs during this period. Suffering from the disadvantages of being interested and talented in numerous subjects, Leonardo could not complete most of the works he started.




With different architectural designs and buildings, as well as remarkable studies in anatomy between 1485 and 1490, Leonardo da Vinci also trained students. Leaving Milan in 1499, Leonardo da Vinci traveled to various regions of Italy for 16 years.





This is when he made the Mona Lisa painting, which is known and admired by art lovers all over the world.  It is known that after completing his Mona Lisa painting, which he started to paint in 1503, he always kept and took it with him wherever he traveled in the world. Leonardo da Vinci lost his father in 1504, and returned to Florence. Living in Rome between 1513 and 1516, Leonardo da Vinci also created projects for the Pope.




Working especially on cadavers, Da Vinci encountered prohibitions by the Pope in this respect. In 1516, King Francis I of France asked him to come to France and work for the palace. The successful artist accepted this request and went to France, and lived in the residence next to the Royal Palace near Amboise. He re-started his studies on anatomy and examined the anatomical details of humans in depth. 




He reflected all his observations on his paintings and sculptures and obtained highly successful results.  He had to study the cow and cattle heart when the Pope banned his studies on cadavers. Introducing numerous works in both art and science and admired by people with his high talent in different fields, Leonardo da Vinci died in his home in Amboise on May 2, 1519 when he was 67. A rumor has it that he died in the arms of the king.



What Leonardo da Vinci said close to his death is remarkable:  "I have offended God and mankind because my work didn't reach the quality it should have." Buried in the Saint-Florentin Church in Ambois, Leonardo da Vinci left a remarkable and deep mark on the world with his studies and works on science and art, including especially Mona Lisa painting.

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