Pub. date: 2008 | Online Pub. Date: April 21, 2008 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412963855 | Print ISBN: 9781412941860 | Online ISBN: 9781412963855| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Da Vinci, Leonardo (1452–1519)
Heather K. Michon
Leonardo da Vinci was one of history's great polymaths, a supremely talented artist, sculptor, inventor, architect, and engineer. He was also the most gifted anatomist of the Renaissance era. Born in April 1452 in the town of Anchiano and raised in Vinci, 50 miles west of Florence, Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci was an illegitimate child, and thus blocked from most professions of the time. Noting his son's skill for drawing, around 1468 Leonardo's father sent him to apprentice with famed artist Andrea del Verrocchio in Florence. In Verrocchio's workshop, da Vinci would study alongside a generation of famous artists, including Sandro Botticelli, Cosimo Rosselli, Piero Perugino, and Domenico Ghirlandaio. Anatomy was part of the training for any budding young apprentice painter, and one that da Vinci approached with great interest. Most painters would have ...