Facts about Leonardo Da Vinci
Da Vinci was born out of wedlock on April 15th, 1452 in Anchiano, Italy. It is believed that his father was a lawyer and landlord named Piero Fruosino di Antonio da Vinci while his mother, Caterina, is believed to have been a local peasant.
Unlike other famous artists of the time, da Vinci did receive any kind of formal education but was home schooled in Mathematics, reading, and writing.
When he was 14 years old Leonardo was sent to Florence to work as an apprentice for the artist Andrea del Verrocchio. Even then it didn't take long for the student Leonardo to surpass the master.
Among his other talents, Leonardo was an excellent lyre player. When he was first presented at the Milanese court, it was as a musician, not as an artist.
The Last Supper - Leonardo Da Vinci
When da Vinci was in his 20s when he was arrested with some male friends on charges of sodomy. However, the charges were dropped when no witnesses came forward. For a private man this was a terrible experience and soon afterward he left Florence for Milan.
He was ambidextrous and was able to draw forward with one hand while writing backward with the other.
Leonardo Da Vinci was an extremely slow painter and as a result, many of his works were never finished. Apart from the Mona Lisa, The Louvre Museum is also in possession of “The Virgin and Child with St. Anne,” an unfinished painting showing the Virgin Mary, an infant Jesus together with Mary’s mother, St Anne.
When Leonardo Da Vinci died on 2nd May 1519, he left behind more than 6,000 pages in his journal, which was filled with his personal thoughts and ideas. As a keen inventor, his journal included, amongst others, designs for an underwater breathing device, a giant crossbow, an armored car, and a flying machine.