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Leonardo da Vinci. Background Information. W as born in Anchiano , Tuscany Da Vinci was born out of wedlock Beginning around age 5, he lived on the estate in Vinci and was raised by his father and uncle. R eceived no formal education beyond basic reading, writing and math .

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Leonardo da vinci
Leonardo da Vinci

Background information
Background Information

Was born in Anchiano, Tuscany

Da Vinci was born out of wedlock

Beginning around age 5, he lived on the estate in Vinci and was raised by his father and uncle.

Received no formal education beyond basic reading, writing and math.

Leonardo daVinci started his first apprenticeship at age 14+

Over about a decade he perfected his techniques

When he was 20, in 1472, the painters’ guild of Florence offered da Vinci membership.

The last supper
The Last Supper

Leonardo da Vinci effected a breakthrough with his Last Supper (approx. 1495-98).


She was said to be a daughter of Phorcys and Ceto, a mortal woman whom Athena changed into a Gorgon as punishment for desecrating her temple by sleeping with Poseidon there.

By the sixteenth century Medusa was said to symbolize the triumph of reason over the senses.

Lady with an ermine
Lady with an Ermine


In 1491, The Duke Ludovicodivcored his wife Isabella d’Este

Few months after his divorce Cecilia and him had a son

The portrait is an allegory of their love

Since antiquity the ermine had been a symbol of purity because of its snow-white winter coat.

During WW1 the painting was secured and is still kept in safe keeping

Vitruvian man
Vitruvian Man

This image provides the perfect example of Leonardo's keen interest in proportion

completed in 1490

The circle and square image overlaid on top of each other to form one image.

Mona lisa
Mona Lisa

The Mona Lisa is the earliest Italian portrait to focus so closely on the sitter in a half-length portrait

The Mona Lisa's famous smile represents the sitter in the same way that the juniper branches represent GinevraBenci and the ermine represents Cecilia Gallerani in their portraits, in Washington and Krakow respectively