Leonardo Da Vinci was born in Vinci, Italy on April 15, 1452. His parents were Ser Piero and a poor girl, Caterina. He was raised by his father and several stepmothers, and at approximately 14 years old, he was sent by his father to be apprentice to Andrea Del Verrochio. Not much is known about his childhood before that.
During his time as apprentice, he learned leather arts, carpentry, metalworking, sculpting and drawing. He became a member of the Guild of St. Luke at twenty years old. Sometime in the next ten years, he started his own workshop. The court records of the time state that Da Vinci was charged with sodomy, but was acquitted.
His career began in 1481 when he was hired to paint The Adoration of the Magi, a painting he never completed. He then went to Milan to serve as an artist and architect to the Sforza dynasty. He spent twelve years making a bronze statue for Francesco Sforza, as a symbol of honor, but this too went uncompleted because of war complications. These were not the only two projects Da Vinci failed to complete because his many interests often sidetracked him. Despite this, he did complete many other works of art.
In 1482 Da Vinci was hired by Lorenzo de' Medici to produce a silver lyre for the Duke of Milan, Ludovico il Moro. This project, he did complete. After this, he wrote the duke a letter explaining why his talents would be of excellent use to Ludovico's court. Because of this, he was hired by the duke many times for many different projects.
In 1490, Leonardo took a young boy, Salai, into his home, and in 1493 he took a woman, probably his mother, into his home. She died just a few years after this. In approximately 1495, Da Vinci started work on his painting, The Last Supper. However, the technique he chose to use was not very successful. His famous painting soon began to deteriorate. Around the same time...