Leonardo DA VINCI
(Born: Vinci, near Florence, Italy, 1452 – Died: Le Clos-Lucé, near Amboise, France, 1519)
Leonardo da Vinci, the Italian artist and inventor was born in Tuscany in 1452. He received one of the finest educations available at the time before leaving for Florence and Verrochio's workshop in 1467. Here, he trained in several disciplines: painting, sculpture, and decorative arts. In 1481, Leonardo left Florence for Milan where he lived until 1499. From 1506 onwards, he returned periodically to Milan up until 1513. In 1516, he accepted the King of France, François I's, invitation to settle in France at the Clos Lucé in Amboise, where he was named "Chief artist, engineer and architect to the king". When he died in 1519, he left his collection of technical notes to his pupil and faithful companion, Francesco Melzi, so that they could be published and made available to as many people as possible.
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