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Leonardo was born in the town of Vinci in the Tuscan hills on April 15 1452 This is known from his grandfather Antonio who wrote down the details of the baptism A grandson of mine was born son of Ser Piero my son on April 15 Saturday at three in the night 11 pm He was baptized by the priest Piero di Bartolomeo Papino di Nanni Banti Meo di Tenino Piero di Malvolto Nanni di Venzo Arrigo di Giovanni the German Monna Lisa di Domenico di Brettone Monna Antonia di Giulliano Monna Nicolosa del Barna Monna Maria daughter of Nanni di Venzo Monna Pippa di Previcone The names following that of the priest were of the witnesses five men and five women as tradition demanded Noticeably the boys mother is not present at the time of baptism Leonardos father was Piero Da Vinci and of his mother only her name Caterina in known Caterina is understood to have been a peasant girl or perhaps a barmaid When the young boy was born he lived with his mother for the first few years of his life It is intriguing that in all of his writings Leonardo never mentioned his mother even though there is evidence that later on his life he was aware of who she was The Da Vincis were a family that had been established in Vinci since the 13th Century Many generations of notaries had given the family a status and the title of Ser which was passed down to Leonardos father Although it is very difficult to find information about Leonardos ancestors this is a brief genealogical table Ser Piero di Ser Guido d 1412
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