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It is August 5, 1473, and a 21-year-old aspiring artist decides to draw the beautiful Tuscan landscape before him. Born out of wedlock in a small town outside the small village of Vinci, Leonardo de Vinci was apprenticed to the Florentine sculptor and painter Andrea del Verrocchio ("Andrea of the true eye"). Apprenticed as a teenager, Leonardo honed his skills as a junior partner in Verrocchio's workshop. See more
Verrocchio preferred sculpture and entrusted Leonardo with the painting part of the workshop.
Leonardo had obviously done a great deal before putting pen to paper to draw the landscape before him on that summer day in 1473. However, the resulting drawing was to become a milestone in the history of art: it was the first time that a landscape became a central subject for an artist.
The landscape as a work of art really began with this drawing. In 1473 Leonardo decided to draw the region he had known since childhood, the Arno Valley. Leonardo had also mastered the use of gesture lines - the clearest example of this is the way he drew the trees and the shading of the mountains in the background. Leonardo's quick sketch, dated precisely to 5 August 1473, makes this the earliest painting in Leonardo's oeuvre. It also marks the first time the artist focused his mind on the natural world as the subject of a work of art, even a modest drawing. Leonardo came of age at a time when paper was increasingly available, allowing for greater experimentation. A lot of paper could be used for relatively little money, compared to the much more expensive and limited vellum used in previous centuries.
About L. DA VINCI
Leonardo da Vinci was born on 15 April 1452. He was the son of a notary and a peasant woman who never married.
In 1466, he began working in the workshop of a sculptor named Andrea del Verrocchio. It was here that he began to paint, sculpt and draw.
Leonardo da Vinci became a painter, sculptor, engineer, inventor, musician, writer and architect, and was considered a great genius. He was always very interested in anatomical studies of the human body and could draw human organs in great detail. See more
He was accepted into the painters' guild in Florence in 1472 and opened his own painting and sculpture studio. His fame began to grow and he was commissioned to produce many different and very important works.
Throughout his life, he was in the service of several dukes who commissioned sculptures and paintings from him, but what really interested him was inventing new vehicles, weapons and objects.
All the works of Leonardo da Vinci are known, but the most famous are: the painting of "The Last Supper", which he painted on a fresco in the monastery of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan; "La Gioconda", better known as "La Monna Lisa"; and "Vitruvian Man", a famous drawing of a man with four arms and four legs, in which he attempted to study the human body.
He also made many sculptures, but none of them have survived to the present day.
Although he was always creating and building new works, the struggles that took place during his life, as well as the struggles and rebellions that took place after his death, are responsible for the fact that many of his creations were destroyed, burnt or lost, including his remains that were thrown away in an unknown place after a war.
He died on 2 May 1519 in France.