Leonardo Da Vinci, A Man Before His Time

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Rarely throughout history, certain people rise above the rest of humanity and are frozen in time. Geniuses in many subjects prove themselves to be cut above the rest, and put their mark on mankind’s advancement. Inventors, mathematicians, artists, each with their own trademark that leaves us in wonder over their work, studied even to this day. Even rarer, are those who can do everything in such a manner, someone who can paint brilliantly, solve complex arithmetic, and invent glorious inventions. One of the very few of these enlightened individuals, is Leonardo Da Vinci, a man who will forever be considered one of the brightest intellectuals in history. His mastery of painting shows with works such as the Mona Lisa, and The Last Supper. His notebooks, with drawings and notes of human anatomy, shows a level of understanding far beyond most, and his inventions that, if built, would have revolutionized how wars were fought.
Born on April 15, 1452 in Vinci Italy, to Messer Pero Fruosino di Antonio da Vinci, Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci, not much is known about his early childhood. His father is said to have married a sixteen-year-old named Albiera, who died young. Later in life, Leonardo recounted two childhood memories, one that he perceived as an omen, was a kite that fell from the sky and hovered over the cradle, with its tail feathers brushing his face. The second, was an incident when he was traveling the mountains, he found a cave and was both terrified by the idea of a giant monster, but motivated to find out what was inside.
Already considered a talented at a young age, Leonardo was apprenticed to the famous artist Verroccino at the age of fourteen. Learning skills in subjects such as drafting, chemistry, mechanics, carpentry, with artistic skills like drawing, painting sculpting and modelling. Giorgio Vasari, a man who recounted stories of hundreds of artists, tells of a time when Verrocchio and Leonardo collaborated on the painting The Baptism of Christ, when Leonardo painted the young angel holding Jesus’ robe, Verrocchio was so in awe, that he put down his brush and apparently never painted again. Even at...

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