Biography of Leon da Vinci

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Leon da Vinci was an Italian artist who lived from 1452-1519. He is best known for his paintings, such as the Mona Lisa, and his inventions, such as the flying machine. When he was born in 1452, in Italy, he was named after his father. His mother died when he was only 15 years old.

Leon da Vinci was born on April 15th, 1452, in the town of Vinci, which is located about 20 miles west of Florence, Italy. leon’s father was named Ser Piero da Vinci, and his mother’s name was Caterina. He had one older brother and one younger sister. His father worked as a notary, and his mother worked at home. His early education started in Florence with private tutors and some classes that were taught at the studio of an artist named Andrea del Verrocchio. He began training as an apprentice around the age of 14 years old, which is when he learned about painting and sculpture while working in Andrea del Verrocchio’s studio. His mother died when he was only 15 years old, so he became very close to his father after her passing away from illness in 1468 at the age of 34 years old.

Listed As Master of Painters:

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In April of 1472, Leon was listed as a master in the confraternity of painters. His father sent him to Milan around 1482 or 1483, where Leon became a court artist for Leonardo Sforza who was also known as Leonardo il more (meaning Leonardo the brown). His time in Milan ended when he fled from Milan after a French invasion occurred in September of 1499.

After Leon fled from Milan, he then traveled all over Italy for about twenty years because his job opportunities were very good during that time. In 1500, he moved between Florence and Venice frequently while he tried to find employment at different Italian courts with little success. happened again when he returned to Florence in 1506, but he soon established himself as an artist again around Leon’s seventieth year. He was known for being a very slow worker, so he usually only completed a painting after several years of work.


Leon married a woman named Caterina di Guglielmo, who was from Milan, at the age of 52 on January 6th, 1518. leon’s wife passed away three years later from an unknown illness in 1521. He never had any children. Soon after, Leonardo then traveled all over Italy for about the next twenty years because his job opportunities weren’t very good until he established himself as an artist again around Leon’s seventieth year. He died in 1519, at the age of 67, in France.

Leon da Vinci is considered one of the greatest artists who ever lived because Leon’s paintings are still highly respected today. The Mona Lisa has been admired by many people over the years due to its uniqueness and beauty. Some of Leon’s other famous artworks include the Vitruvian Man, Salvator Mundi, and Madonna and Leon studied art when he became an adult, and his teacher’s name was Verrocchio. He also developed skills as a musician and scientist during that time. He moved to Milan when he was 30 years old to improve his artist’s career.


Leon da Vinci died on May 2nd, 1519, at the age of 67 in France while he was living in the home of King Francis I. He was buried in the Chapel of Saint-Hubert at Leon’s castle near Amboise, France. He was sometimes called Leonin or Leo d’Amboise after his passing away. His body was exhumed for some unknown reason about a century after he died, which revealed that he was 5 feet 2 inches tall (158 cm) and that he had dark hair.

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