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Da Vinci I chose Leonardo Da Vinci as the greatest renissance personality I chose Da Vinci because he made many contributions to the time period Da Vinci was an artist a scientist and a philosopher A lot of the famous artists and thinkers of the time werent recognized as being great for many years after their death The kings and other important people of the time recognized Da Vinci as a great artist This is why I chose Da Vinci as the greatest renissance personality Leonardo Da Vinci was born in 1452 on his fathers estate in Vinci Italy At 15 his father had noticed Leonardos potential and had decided to send him to be an apprentice to the artist Andrea del Verrocchio in Florence This was also when he first developed an interest in anatomy In 1482 Leonardo was hired by the duke of Milan Ludovico Sforza to be artist and engineer He stayed in Milan for seventeen years There he completed five paintings two portraits of the Last Supper two versions of The Virgin of the Rocks and a decorative ceiling painting in the Castello Sforzesco In Florence he was commissioned to do a number of paintings but other interests and tasks kept him from finishing them The most well known piece to survive from this time period was the famous Mona Lisa During the years 1513 to 1516 Leonardo was in Rome at the invitation of Cardinal Giuliano de Medici brother of Pope Leo X His work in painting and sculpture over the next seven years remained mostly in the planning stage But his scientific work flourished He continued his notebooks with observations and drawings of human anatomy optics mechanics and botanical studies In 1516 at the age of 65 he accepted an invitation from Francis I king of France to leave Italy and work for him Leonardo spent the last three years of his life in the
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