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This change maker is a big part in the history of the world He has changed millions of lives after his death This change maker is Leonardo Da Vinci He was a Italian painter sculptor architect musician engineer and scientist He lived near Vinci a hill village in Tuscany The versatility and creative power of Leonardo mark him as a supreme example of Renaissance genius He depicted in his drawings with scientific precision and consummate artistry subjects ranging from flying machines to caricatures he also executed intricate anatomical studies of people animals and plants The richness and originality of intellect expressed in his notebooks reveal one of the greatest minds of all time Leonardo was the illegitimate son of a Florentine notary and a peasant woman Presumably he passed his childhood with his fathers family in Vinci where he developed an enduring interest in nature Early sources describe his beauty charm of manner and precocious display of artistic talent In 1513 Leonardo went to Rome attracted by the patronage of the newly elected Medici pope Leo X and his brother Giuliano Here he found the field dominated by Michelangelo and Raphael The aging master was assigned to various architectural and engineering projects at the Vatican and received commissions for several paintings It was perhaps in this period that he executed the enigmatic painting of the young St John the Baptist Louvre Giuliano de Medici left Rome in 1515 and died at Fiesole in the following year It is conjectured that Leonardo left with him attached to his household and that soon afterward he accepted an invitation of Francis I of France to settle at the castle of Cloux near Amboise Here the old master was left entirely free to pursue his own researches until his death Although there is no certain record of his last years he seems to have been active with festival decoration and to have been interested in a canal project Notes
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