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Leonardo Da Vinci was born in the year 1452 in a town called Vinci His name -Da vinci- actually means from the town of Vinci At fifteen Leonardo moved to Florence with his father His father recognized Leonardos artistic talents and showed them to his good friend Andrea del Verrocchio Verrocchio was a painter and a sculptor Verrocchio was so impressed when he saw Leonardos work that he took Leonardo to be his apprentice at the young age of only about fifteen In 1472 Leonardo was appointed Master Craftsman by Florences painters guild From 1478 to 1482 he had his own studio where he was commissioned to paint a church alter piece This painting was known as Adoration of the Three Kings This painting was more expressive than any painting seen before Leonardo believed that abundance and variety were necessary to make the image lifelike He told artists to avoid repetition in favor of a mixture of men of various appearances of different ages and costumes also mixed with women children dogs horses buildings fields and hills The Adoration of the Magi exhibits this kind of variety that Leonardo talks about This painting only consists of shades of brown which is in keeping with Leonardos definition of painting as a composition of light and shade As usual Leonardo painted the shadows first Had he completed this painting his next step would have been to apply colors over the shadows to give them a three dimensional look The painting is not balanced The virgin was much larger then the surrounding men and the people in the back were as tall as the arches Unfortunately Leonardo abandoned the painting when he moved to another city and he never finished itLeonardo abandoned the work in 1482 when he left Florence to become the court artist for Lodovico Sforza the Duke of Milan Leonardo spent the next 17 years living in Milan where he did many things for the
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