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In the latter stages of the fifteenth century Leonardo da Vinci as a part of the Italian Renaissance used his innovative ideas to further science and art This insight revolutionized the thinking of his society The Renaissance was poised between the humanists links to antiquity and the challenges of new social political economic scientific and ecclesiastical developments Reti 22 Leonardo da Vinci was one of the most diverse and enigmatic talent s of the Renaissance Bishop 209 He displayed genius in almost all of the arts sciences engineering and mathematics Da Vinci is reported as being jus about the smartest person ever he was indeed a man of both worlds httpwwwmosorgleonardobiohtml httpwwwlibrarythinkquestorg3044intoverhtml Leonardo was born April fifteenth fourteen fifty-two to twenty-five year old Piero da Vinci who was a village lawyer and notary His mother was a peasant girl named Caterina He was given the surname da Vinci denoting that he came from the small country town Vinci where he spent most of his childhood After da Vincis birth his father took custody of him while his mother married an artisan and moved away Leonardo grew on his grandparents farm He was treated as a legitimate son by his grandparents and received the usual elementary education reading writing and arithmetic During his early education a special gift for drawing was revealed As a result of Leonardos artistic ability at the age of fifteen his father took him to Florence to study with Andrea del Verrocchio a leading painter and sculptor He was at least the equal of Verrocchio - if not his superior Buchholz 11 Leonardo was accepted into the artists guild of Florence While studying with Verrocchio da Vinci worked next-door in the workshop of Antonio Pollaiuolo where he was introduced and first drawn to the study of anatomy Leonardo then went to work in Milan where he spent seventeen years of his life He worked as an artist and technical adviser on architecture
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