Leonardo da Vinci

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Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) was an Italian Renaissance artist, architect, engineer, and scientist. He is renowned for his ability to observe and capture nature, scientific phenomena, and human emotions in all media. Leonardo’s innovative masterpieces demonstrate a mastery of light, perspective, and overall effect. His most-loved works include the Mona Lisa portrait and The Last Supper mural.

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  • 1452 - 1519
    Life of the great Italian artist, scientist and inventor Leonardo da Vinci.
  • 15 Apr 1452
    Birth of Renaissance artist and scientist Leonardo da Vinci.
  • c. 1464
    Leonardo da Vinci enrols as an apprentice in the workshop of Andrea del Verrocchio in Florence.
  • 1472
    Leonardo da Vinci completes his apprenticeship as an artist in Florence.
  • c. 1472
    Leonardo da Vinci completes his painting 'The Annunciation'.
  • 1482
    Leonardo da Vinci moves to Milan where he works for Ludovico Sforza.
  • c. 1483
    Leonardo da Vinci completes his oil on panel painting 'Virgin of the Rocks'.
  • c. 1490
    Leonardo da Vinci completes his portrait of Ludovico Sforza’s mistress Cecilia Gallerani, 'The Lady with an Ermine'.
  • c. 1492
    Leonardo da Vinci completes his 'Vitruvian Man' sketch.
  • c. 1498
    Leonardo da Vinci completes his wall mural 'The Last Supper' in Milan's Sante Maria delle Grazie.
  • 1500
    The Italian Renaissance artist Leonardo da Vinci visits Venice.
  • 1502
    Leonardo da Vinci moves to Rome where he works for Cesare Borgia to sort out the city’s canals.
  • 1502
    Leonardo da Vinci produces his precise overhead view map of Imola, the first map of its kind.
  • c. 1503
    Leonard da Vinci completes his coloured charcoal illustration 'Virgin and Child with St. Anne'.
  • 1503
    Leonardo da Vinci returns to Florence to work on proposals for a battle scene mural in the city’s Council Hall.
  • c. 1503 - c. 1506
    Leonardo da Vinci completes his painting the 'Mona Lisa'.
  • c. 1515
    Leonardo da Vinci completes his painting 'St. John the Baptist '.
  • 1517
    Leonardo da Vinci moves to France to work for Francis I of France.
  • 2 May 1519
    Leonardo da Vinci dies at Chateau Cloux (aka Clos Lucé) in France.
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