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April 15 1452 Ser Piero and Catarina her first name is all that we know today gave birth to arguably the most important man in history Leonardo da Vinci Leonardo was born in a farmhouse in Anchiano which is 3 km away from Vinci Leonardos family had lived in this area since the 13th century Ser Piero Leonardos father was a 25-year-old lawyer when Leonardo was born As the story goes Ser Piero did not marry Leonardos mother Catarina because she was the daughter of a farmer This caused many lifelong legal and emotional problems for Leonardo Ser Piero did marry a woman shortly after Leonardo was born her name in unknown Leonardo had a total of four stepmothers in all but its thought that Leonardos near by uncle is the one who nurtured Leonardos powerful drive to learn Leonardo was christened at the Baptismal Church in Vinci The parson Piero da Bartotomeo christened Leonardo to the name Lionardo and not Leonardo Leonardo lived in Anchiano for about 5 more years until he moved to Vinci In 1457 Leonardo moved with his grandfather from Anchiano to Vinci From this time forth Leonardo was a member of his fathers family Ser Piero and his first wife did not have any children this may have been the reason for Leonardos integration into his fathers family Leonardo attended school in Vinci Leonardos teachers often became annoyed with his constant questioning of what they had just taught and his many doubts While in school Leonardo learned to write read and calculate He was also taught Latin and geometry Leonardo believed that he had not learned enough Latin in school so he taught himself more of it In 1466 after Leonardo turned 16 he moved to Florence to begin his apprenticeship in the workshop of Verrocchio Leonardo began his apprenticeship under Andrea del Verrocchio in 1466 Verrocchio was at this time the most gifted and magnificent artist in Florence Verrocchio
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