Other than basic skills in reading, writing, and math, Leonardo da Vinci had little formal education. Out of an appreciation of 14-year old da Vinci's artistic talents, his father arranged for him to apprentice in Florence to well-known artist and sculptor, Andrea del Verrocchio.
da Vinci was the son of an attorney and peasant girl, born in Vinci, Italy, out of wedlock. Although his father was an educated man, this birth status may have been a factor in da Vinci's lack of a formal education. He did spend 6 years improving the technical skills of drawing and sculpting, leather arts, carpentry and metalworking through his apprenticeship. Da Vinci gained membership to the Guild of Saint Luke by the time he was 20. Best known as an artist, da Vinci was also an accomplished architect, and a passionate inventor and scientist.Learn More
The artistic style most often associated with Leonardo da Vinci is Italian Renaissance. Da Vinci peaked in popularity during the High Renaissance, a period of 30 years beginning in 1490 and ending in 1527, after Charles V defeated Roman troops in his imperial quest. The High Renaissance period typically refers to the work of a few painters that is deemed to be of exceptional artistic quality. These painters include Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Raphael.Full Answer >
Although the origins of the "Mona Lisa" are shrouded in mystery, scholars believe that Leonardo da Vinci painted his most famous work after it was commissioned to him by Francesco del Giocondo, a silk merchant from Florence. The painting is an oil on canvas portrait of a woman who is believed to be the merchant's wife, Lisa Gherardini.Full Answer >
Leonardo da Vinci undertook the task of painting the Mona Lisa, an oil painting on canvas, as a commission from Francesco del Giocondo, a wealthy Florentine silk merchant. The painting was to be a portrait of Giocondo's wife, Lisa del Giocondo, which the couple intended to hang in their new home to celebrate the birth of their new son, Andrea.Full Answer >
Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa was mostly painted in Florence, Italy, between 1503 and 1506. However, the landscape behind the subject is imaginary, probably based on regions in the Italian Montefeltro region.Full Answer >