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Leonardo Da Vinci's Life (1452-1519)

1450

  • Leonardo is born in Vinci, April 15, 1452

1460

  • Childhood in Vinci
  • Goes to Florence, is an apprentice in the studio of Verrocchio (1469)

1470

  • Becomes a member of the corporation of painters (1472)
  • Completes his first known drawing, "La valle dell'Arno" ("The Arno Valley") (1473)
  • Paints an angel in Verrocchio's "Baptism of Christ" (1475)
  • Paints "The Annunciation" (1477)
  • Portrait of Ginevra de'Benci (1478)

1480

  • Paints "San Gerolamo" and "The Adoration of the Magi" (1481)
  • Leaves Florence for Milan, in the service of Ludovico Sforza (1482-3)
  • Paints the "Virgin of the Rocks" (1483-6)
  • Begins to explore human flight (1486)
  • Anatomical drawings in the manuscripts (1488-9)

1490

  • Designs a flying machine (1492)
  • Works on the giant equestrian statue of Francesco Sforza (1493)
  • Studies the resistance of various types of arcades (1494)
  • Paints the second "Virgin of the Rocks" (1494)
  • Paints "The Last Supper" (1495)
  • Meets mathematician Luca Pacioli, with whom he studies Euclid (1496)
  • Paints "Madonna and Child with St. Anne" (1499)
  • Leaves Milan (1499) to return to Florence, stops in Mantua and Venice (1500)

1500

  • Cesare Borgia assumes Leonardo as military engineer (1502)
  • Designs war machines and draws topographical maps (1502-3)
  • Draws studies for "The Battle of Anghiari" (1503-6)
  • Paints "Mona Lisa" (1504?)
  • Studies the flight of birds, designs flying machines, and tries to square the circle (1505)
  • Studies fluid elements: water, air and fire (1506-8)
  • Returns to Milan (1508)
  • Paints "St. Anne" (1509)

1510

  • Undertakes detailed anatomical research (1510)
  • Goes to Rome seeking the patronage of the new pope, Leo X (1513)
  • Constructs a mechanical lion for the incoronation of Francis I, King of France (1515)
  • Paints "Self-Portrait" (1515)
  • Goes to the court of Francis I, Amboise (1516)
  • Designs a palace in Romorantin (1517)

Dies in Amboise, May 2, 1519.

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