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Facts about Leonardo Da Vinci

Facts about Leonardo Da Vinci

Leonardo Da Vinci
Leonardo Da Vinci practiced 14 sciences. He used to sleep 2 hours every day, separated in quarters of an hour. A left-handed dyslexic, he tried to paint with both of his hands. He was a loner, but also adopted a child which he raised with extra care. He was weird, and used to destroy most of his work.

Self portrait of Leonardo Da VinciAccording to his grandfather, Leonardo Da Vinci was born on the 15th of April 1452 at 3:00 a.m. in Florence. He was the illegitimate son of Sir Piero Da Vinci. He spent most of his life studying, and supported the model of Homo Universalis (catholic man). He was a painter, a sculptor, an architect, a mathematician, a mechanic, an astronomer, an anatomist, physiologist, botanologist, geologist, physician, a philosopher, a musician and a writer. He was also occupied with medicine, forensic sciences, ballistics and hydraulics.
We can divide his life into 4 main periods: The Florentine Period (1452-1481), The Lombardic Period (1482-1499), The Roaming Period (1500-1516) during which he travels all the time at Venice, Florence, Romance, Milan, Rome and Mantova, and finally the French Period (1516-1519).
THE FLORENTINE PERIOD

His art career started in 1469 when Da Vinci became Andrea Del Verrocchio’s student. Verrocchio was one of the greater magicians and artists of the time; he was also classmates with Sandro Botticelli, Lorenzo Di Credi and Piedro Peruzino. At 1472, Da Vinci’s name entered the Red Book of Florentine Painters and at 1478 was given to him a task for Palazzo Vecio. We can see Leonardo’s huge talent in the painting of an angel at Verrocchio’s Baptism of Christ. According to tradition Verrocchio was so amazed and so jealous of the extraordinary beauty of Leonardo’s painting that he decided to give up, and became exclusively occupied with the art of Sculpture. Leonardo’s art works that belong to this period is Annunciation where he uses for the first time his famous atmospheric prospect. The last and maybe the most important work of the Florence Period is The Adoration of the Magi, which, however, was left uncompleted.
THE LOMBARDIC PERIOD
The second and very important for his activity period started in 1482, when Leonardo went to Milan to work for Duke Ludovico Sforza. He stayed there for 17 years until the Duke lost his power. While staying there, he got involved with numerous studies such as hydraulics, ballistic weapons design and geologic research. He also produced a number of papers in geometry, anatomy, botanology, architecture, municipal construction, and canals. At the same time, he put together all the court festivals, including the wedding direction of Gianni Galeazo Sforza with Isabella D’Aragon. Leonardo’s work which applied to this period are The Virgin On The Rocks, The Last Supper, and others.

THE ROAMING PERIOD
Mona LisaDuke Ludovico Sforza stepped down in 1499. This forced Leonardo to start to travel excessively. In 1500 he could be found at Isabella D’ Este’s Court, trying to create her portrait. From there, he travelled to Venice then to Florence in 1501 to work at Filipino Lipi’s place. He also spent a couple of years (1502-1503) working as a military engineer for Cesar Borgia. From 1503 to 1506 he stayed in Florence where he painted the Battle of Anghiari. This work is also unfinished, but we have many studies and plans of it. It is more about a battle of horses than a battle of people. During the same period he creates the famous Mona Lisa. He continued travelling around Italy, working for several employers (for example, he worked for Louis IB’ as a “permanent painter and engineer”), dealing with several projects such as hydraulic works. During that period Leonardo also gathered the first papers that later composed the Arundel Code. He was also occupied with geometry and geology and wrote most of Code G. He finally reached Rome in 1513, where he undertook a variety of projects for the Pope.

THE FRENCH PERIOD

In 1516, Leonardo reached France and stayed there until his death on the 2nd of May, 1519. Although his right hand was paralyzed, he painted Saint John the Baptist, Bacchus, and The Virgin and Child with St. Anne. He was also devoted to maths and hydraulics. Leonardo knew the exact date of his death. After he died, his work passed onto Frantzesco Meltsi ‘s hands (Meltsi was one of his students). Leonardo’s grave was ruined during the French Revolution, his manuscripts were dispersed and were gathered later by the sculptor, painter and collector, Pompeo Leoni (who was also Michaelangelo’s student).

Leonardo Da Vinci’s most important anthologies can be found at the Library of Windsor and the Amprosiana of Milan. The second one’s is the Anlanticus Code, about painting studies and notes as well as geometric-mechanic plans. The most amazing thing about Leonardo’s writing is its great variety, its complexity and its random classification.

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  1. kelsey Monday - 07 / 04 / 2008 Reply
    there needs to be more information about how his hand was paralyzed.
    • Jim Tuesday - 08 / 04 / 2008 Reply
      Well, it is believed that Leonardo suffered a stroke that left him semi-paralyzed. But details of that story are not really clear. It has been said that it was his left (not his right) hand that it was paralyzed. According to an other angle of view, he was semi-paralyzed from birth. There are also some researchers who believe that this story is fake and Leonardo naver really suffered from paralysis. However, the hypothesis that Da Vinci was paralyzed as a result of a stoke is stronger.
    • Danielle x Thursday - 19 / 11 / 2009 Reply
      Can anyone please give me some strange facts about leonardo da vinci?
    • Phil Thursday - 07 / 01 / 2010 Reply
      Danielle, a strange fact is that da Vinci was thought to be homosexual. Thought
    • Me Tuesday - 19 / 01 / 2010 Reply
      Not on your dick
    • Jak Wednesday - 20 / 01 / 2010 Reply
      Didn't Leonardo Da Vinci cut his ear of and gave it to his wife and that picture is duscusting
    • christina Wednesday - 28 / 04 / 2010 Reply
      to kelsy: there was enough information!! u are to picky . . .
    • Choucette Monday - 24 / 05 / 2010 Reply
      Your right!!!
    • Lyla Tuesday - 01 / 06 / 2010 Reply
      kay so whats the real info on leo? because i lurked the other comments and theres a few disagreements on this site?
  2. Jess Sunday - 08 / 06 / 2008 Reply
    This site rocks, awesome info, thank you very much!
  3. ilir Tuesday - 26 / 08 / 2008 Reply
    te lumte
  4. Calm Hill Friday - 24 / 10 / 2008 Reply
    This is a good site. Leo is one of my favorite artists and thinkers... The Individual, Calm Hill www.calmhill.com
  5. Rasimina Farnpiat Friday - 14 / 11 / 2008 Reply
    This was so interesting. I did not know that a person from that long ago could be so talented. I hope that everyone else enjoys this too!
  6. mel Sunday - 30 / 11 / 2008 Reply
    this helped me alot for a biagraphy hw page i didnt copy it but i got to learn more about this person and his life
  7. thomas Thursday - 23 / 04 / 2009 Reply
    this is sweet for my socials project
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    this is sweet for my socials project
  9. Nicholas Monday - 27 / 04 / 2009 Reply
    Informative
  10. freak 19 Tuesday - 02 / 06 / 2009 Reply
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  11. Gus K Tuesday - 09 / 06 / 2009 Reply
    YOU ARE WRONG ON SO MANY LEVELS!!! 1)According to his grandfather Antonio Da Vinci, he was born on exactly April 15, 1452 at 10:30 pm. 2)His dad SER Piero, he got the title of ser because he was a notary and was very well respected(By the way his mother's name was Caterina). 3) BIG ONE! Leanardo Da Vinci never destroyed his work, he didn't finish most of it but he never destroyed it, the only thing of his that was destroyed was a clay model of a bronze horse he was commisioned to make by the duke of Milan.
  12. Sarah Tuesday - 21 / 07 / 2009 Reply
    Good explanation about LDV.
  13. jordan Tuesday - 15 / 09 / 2009 Reply
    Leonardo didnt destroy his work it was lost
  14. freak 1234567890 Tuesday - 15 / 09 / 2009 Reply
    thank you so much my teacher is a big fan and i copied it down and wham A+
    • dracandionevil Friday - 13 / 11 / 2009 Reply
      lmfao nice one.
  15. sqwillim fancy pants Saturday - 03 / 10 / 2009 Reply
    this was a pice of shit and fuck in the head he was a homo that was a fucking dick donky
    • Francesco Progan&oac Sunday - 08 / 11 / 2009 Reply
      carissimo amico tu sei un cretino sei nato stupido e ignorante per te non ce piu speranza quando muoiri andrai direttamente nel imferno per la tua vita perpetua che il signore sia con tè amen fp
    • dracandionevil Friday - 13 / 11 / 2009 Reply
      yeah!... what francesco said!
  16. sqwillim fancy pants Saturday - 03 / 10 / 2009 Reply
    this was so bad therer wasent any leoanardo there was a leaofuck nose that is
  17. JUICE Tuesday - 10 / 11 / 2009 Reply
    AWSOME
  18. emad Wednesday - 11 / 11 / 2009 Reply
    grreat site for my social project
  19. Art and Literature Wednesday - 11 / 11 / 2009 Reply
    the material was very helpful for me to write his biography....thanks
  20. snot bubble Thursday - 12 / 11 / 2009 Reply
    U guys dont know a thing about LDV. for in fact i'm his son
    • bob Thursday - 11 / 03 / 2010 Reply
      bull crap
  21. mayzie Thursday - 12 / 11 / 2009 Reply
    i love this site! i got so much info of it. thans
  22. mayzie Thursday - 12 / 11 / 2009 Reply
    i love this site! i got so much info of it. thanks
    • dracandionevil Friday - 13 / 11 / 2009 Reply
      Only reason i came on this website was to find out what the picture was called. no worries though i will google it again :P
  23. cilla Wednesday - 18 / 11 / 2009 Reply
    Da Vinci amazes me
  24. wendy Saturday - 21 / 11 / 2009 Reply
    needs more info. about monalisa
  25. wendy Saturday - 21 / 11 / 2009 Reply
    needs more info about mona lisa and leonardo de vinci
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    • lequisha Tuesday - 27 / 04 / 2010 Reply
      wow, all u sexy leo lovers i get off on his paintings, and anyone who does to is fucking dope shit cause leo obviously didnt paint anything i did all his work for him, im his actual wife aight i dont wanna hear anymore bullshit facts about my husband so fuckskies right off i shoulda got all the fame for it, and francesco or w.e your name is i totally agree with ur language that i dont know how to speak but it sounds like some solid facts keep up the good qwork francesco!
  27. caitlin Monday - 07 / 12 / 2009 Reply
    needs info. on leonardo da vinci that is not very knowen and intresting!!
  28. frank white Thursday - 10 / 12 / 2009 Reply
    this wepsite got nothing it stupid
    • your mother Saturday - 09 / 01 / 2010 Reply
      You got bad English you stupid
  29. asha Thursday - 10 / 12 / 2009 Reply
    im quite confused ... what is really the truth about him, im interested about that man though .. i have a humanities subject, that would be a big help if u guys will add more info.. tnx
  30. jon Wednesday - 16 / 12 / 2009 Reply
    that was shit idiots!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  31. Anak Wednesday - 30 / 12 / 2009 Reply
    Very informative, I do know that a couple of these things are wrong. like that he destroyed his work. He did not, it was lost.But other than the few fixes this is a good summary of a life that has changed and molded all of our lives as we know it today.
  32. Bubble Fizz Tuesday - 19 / 01 / 2010 Reply
    year right
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    I love Leonardo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  34. agung Wednesday - 20 / 01 / 2010 Reply
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  35. tonya Saturday - 30 / 01 / 2010 Reply
    How was exact date of his death known??
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  39. Somebody Sunday - 28 / 02 / 2010 Reply
    Oh my word! somebody does not know their art history! It wasn't Loe who cut off his ear, it was vincent van gogh. Go read up about the art history!!!
  40. twatface Sunday - 07 / 03 / 2010 Reply
    i think your a load of fucking nerds :D hahaha
  41. ellmaria Sunday - 14 / 03 / 2010 Reply
    thanks for info its good to that stuff
  42. saheed falowo Sunday - 14 / 03 / 2010 Reply
    this guy is role model
  43. REDRUSH Tuesday - 16 / 03 / 2010 Reply
    Leonarda Da Vinci was definitely ahead of his time. His passion to learn and live in an enlightened way is truely amazing..I adore him to bits!
  44. Monalisa Wednesday - 17 / 03 / 2010 Reply
    As it is that my name happens to be monalisa, i have always been interested in knowing more about LDV..i sincerely adore his multifaceted persona..facts provided in the site are a pretty interestin. wish there was some info. about monalisa too..
  45. livia cristina Tuesday - 23 / 03 / 2010 Reply
    hi,my name is livia. in good art. happy leonardo da vinci
  46. jesse vaughan Tuesday - 20 / 04 / 2010 Reply
    it's got a penis!!!!!
  47. Brandie T. Friday - 23 / 04 / 2010 Reply
    This site is full of some good info. but what about why Michelangelo being jealous of Leonardo? Was it because Leonardo did alot more than he did?(Michelangelo)
  48. Tors Wednesday - 19 / 05 / 2010 Reply
    It was very helpful for my school project, though it needs more info about his paintings and less T rated comments.
  49. chilly Saturday - 29 / 05 / 2010 Reply
    this site is really informative
  50. chilly Saturday - 29 / 05 / 2010 Reply
    but not enough 4 me
  51. ants Tuesday - 08 / 06 / 2010 Reply
    insteresting facts are they true?
  52. Lacey Cook Friday - 09 / 07 / 2010 Reply
    Tom Cruise have dyslexia and yet he is still a very successful actor.:"~
  53. Olivia Smith Monday - 19 / 07 / 2010 Reply
    dyslexia is not that debiliating but it is somewhat limiting to the kind of job that you can get;.;
    • shakerria Tuesday - 09 / 11 / 2010 Reply
      those are real facts
  54. Steve Hemm Friday - 30 / 07 / 2010 Reply
    Great hope for us dyslexic folks. I bitterly suffered half of my life. My next half is going to be very creative & interesting. I'm a right handy but practice about 14 different sciences too.
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    ang ganda/pangit
  56. nuray Sunday - 03 / 10 / 2010 Reply
    You are sooooooooooooooooooooo stupid
  57. Backup Software : Friday - 22 / 10 / 2010 Reply
    dyslexia can affect anyone of use but this disease is not very debilitating anyway~--
  58. Roslyn Thursday - 04 / 11 / 2010 Reply
    Some people on this comment board are ignorant. I wanted to thank the person who put this up, it really helped me with my project!
  59. Ashwani Sunday - 12 / 12 / 2010 Reply
    man with golden hand. Desings perfect than today's modern one's.
  60. Metal Roofing Monday - 13 / 12 / 2010 Reply
    there are many famous persons with dyslexia and it is not a debilitating disease. Tom Cruise is known to be dyslexic ;-:
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    you guys are immature!
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  72. Allison Friday - 01 / 04 / 2011 Reply
    Ummm... You guys are both being kinda weird because Da Vinci was amazing and weird but your comments have nothing to do with him and since I have to write an annoying paper for school I really dont feel like reading your comments but I do because they are kind of funny and distracting so stop
  73. Allison Friday - 01 / 04 / 2011 Reply
    Its 11:11 Make a wish!
  74. joe Wednesday - 13 / 04 / 2011 Reply
    How old are his kids today?
  75. Betül Wednesday - 04 / 05 / 2011 Reply
    Bi ?ey anlamad?m hac? :D
  76. alaska Thursday - 19 / 05 / 2011 Reply
    I love this panting I think it is a pic that notalot of poeple get but I do get it :)
  77. phd jobs Wednesday - 25 / 05 / 2011 Reply
    I found your posting to be insightful! Thank you.
  78. electavire96 Wednesday - 08 / 06 / 2011 Reply
    jes they are true. and why do you say something about that man the actor? this is going about da vinci. and what did he also paint? i wish to hear of you.
  79. electavire96 Wednesday - 08 / 06 / 2011 Reply
    ohh im sorry i was typing that in wordpad. im sorry i never mend to post it.
  80. caz Thursday - 09 / 06 / 2011 Reply
    I dont think that dyslexia can limit what job you get becuase if you know different stratergies to help you with dyslexia then it shouldnt be a problem. From what I have just written above can you tell that I am serverly dyslexic? And currently doing a very complex study of Science and Archaeology.
  81. chris adams Saturday - 16 / 03 / 2013 Reply
    Leonardo DA Vinci and his work are totally fascinating and being an artist I know how good his works are. It's like a poetry and I am sure that no one can attain such angel like skills. Thanks for sharing these amazing facts about that genius. visit

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