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Leonardo Da Vinci was born on April 14 1452 in the town of Vinci near Florence Italy He kept the name of his town for his last name He lived during the fifteenth century a period when the people of Europe were becoming interested in art This period of time was known as the Renaissance period Leonardo Da Vinci was very talented He was a great artist but he became famous because he was able to do so many other things He was an architect a musician inventor sculptor scientist and mathematician His artistic talent revealed its self early in his life When he was about 15 years old Leonardos father took him to Florence Italy to train as a painter and sculptor in the studio of Andrea del Verroccho He studied with this master until the age of twenty five At this point he set up his own business and was famous for being a painter and a man of science As a scientist he observed everything he could in nature Leonardo used what he learned from nature and science to make his paintings look real He drew and took many notes of what he observed His notes were written backwards probably because he didnt want people to read about his discoveries and observations In order to read Leonardos notes one has to hold them up to a mirror In 1472 he entered a painters guild His earliest extensive works date back to this time In 1482 Da Vinci worked for Duke Lodovico Sforza in Milan for 18 years He fulfilled the position as court artist but also worked as an engineer and architect While in Milan Leonardo developed more theories about painting Leonardo believed that knowledge should be based on observation He believed that observation led to understanding and artists had an obligation to record this understanding by painting accurate images He made sketches of everything around him This
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