Disabilities cannot limit creativity, which was how Leonardo da Vinci viewed life. Leonardo da Vinci is an example of a hero, because his studies and contributions were the building blocks for modern technology. Like many heroes, he had overcome many obstacles throughout his lifetime. I will discuss Leonardo’s life, struggles, and accomplishments.
Leonardo da Vinci (Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci) was born on April 5, 1452 in Vinci, Italy. Growing up, Leonardo had a fascination for birds which later became his inspiration for his ornithopter design in 1485. Leonardo spent his early years living in his family’s mansion in Vinci. While living there, he was influenced by his uncle who had a love for nature and a helping hand. Leonardo never went to school; however at his father’s home he was taught reading, writing, geometry, arithmetic, and several languages including Latin.
At the age of 15, Leonardo was sent to be the apprentice of Andrea de Verrocchio. By the age of 20, Leonardo was accepted into the Painter’s Guild of Florence. In 1482 Leonardo moved to Milan to work for the city’s duke, Lodovico Sforza. A year later Leonardo paints the “Virgin of the Rocks” and 2 years later he painted, “Lady with an Ermine”. In 1495 Leonardo begins painting “The Last Supper” and finishes it 2 years later. When the duke fell from power, Leonardo traveled to Venice for a while before heading back to Florence in 1500.
In 1503 Leonardo was instructed to paint the Mona Lisa. In 1516 Leonardo was invited to France by King Francis the 1st, spending his time there painting for the king, until he died 2 years later from complications of a stroke.
Leonardo had to overcome many obstacles in life. He was born dyslexic (which is a learning disability in reading) and also had ADD (attention deficit disorder which may mean trouble focusing, being in motion constantly, or being...