Leonardo Da Vinci - His Genious in Art

Leonardo Da Vinci is one of the greatest and most ingenious
men that history has produced.   His contributions in the areas of art,
science, and humanity are still among the most important that a single
man has put forth, definitely making his a life worth knowing.  
Da Vinci, born on April 15, 1452, is credited with being a
master painter, sculptor, architect, musician, engineer, and
scientist.   He was born an illegitimate child to Catherina, a peasant
girl.   His father was Ser Piero da Vinci, a public notary for the city
of Florence, Italy.   For the first four years of his life he lived
with his mother in the small village of Vinci, directly outside of the
great center of the Renaissance, Florence.   Catherina was a poor
woman, with possible artistic talent, the genetic basis of Leonardos
talents.   Upon the realization of Leonardos potential, his father
took the boy to live with him and his wife in Florence (Why did).  
This was the start of the boys education and his quest for knowledge.
Leonardo was recognized by many to be a Renaissance child
because of his many talents.   As a boy, Leonardo was described as
being handsome, strong, and agile.   He had keen powers of observation,
an imagination, and the ability to detach himself from the world
around him.   At an early age Leonardo became interested in subjects
such as botany, geology, animals (specifically birds), the motion of
water, and shadows (About Leonardo).
At the age of 17, in about 1469, Leonardo was apprenticed as a
garzone (studio boy) to Andrea del Verrocchio, the leading Florentine
painter and sculptor of his day.   In Verrocchios workshop Leonardo
was introduced to many techniques, from the painting of altarpieces
and panel pictures to the creation of large sculptural projects in
marble and bronze.
In 1472 he was accepted in the painters guild of Florence,
and worked there for about six years.   While there, Leonardo often
painted portions...