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Leonardo da Vinci was born on April 15, 1452, in Vinci, Italy, the love child of a respected notary and a young peasant woman, he was raised by his father, Ser Piero, and his stepmothers. At the age of 14, da Vinci began apprenticing with the artist Verrocchio. For six years, he learned a wide breadth of technical skills, including metalworking, leather arts, carpentry, drawing and sculpting.

Da Vinci's most well-known painting, and arguably the most famous painting in the world, the "Mona Lisa," was a privately commissioned work and was completed sometime between 1505 and 1507. For da Vinci, the "Mona Lisa" was forever a work in progress, as it was his attempt at perfection. The painting was never delivered to its commissioner; da Vinci kept it with him until the end of his life.

His observations and inventions were recorded in 13,000 pages of notes and drawings, including designs for flying machines (some 400 years before the Wright brothers' first success), plant studies, war machinery, anatomy and architecture. His ideas were mainly theoretical explanations, laid out in exacting detail, but they were rarely experimental. His anatomical drawings are some of the first on human record.

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Greetings, and thank you everyone for your comments and contributions... I've just got home from a night shift, so I'm going to sleep... I hope to "see" you all later and catch up with how you all are...


Love it ... trying to get back to normal ..Thanks Mandy


A few years go a Da Vinci collection was at the Boeing Museum of Flight. This was the most intriguing of anything that I ever ever seen in any museum. I looked and looked and could have looked more except that there were others behind me. Thanks for this, Mandy.


Thank you Mandy, fine images and info. Yes, he was a brilliant genius, worthy of our praises :-)


Plus, he wrote many of his musings in "mirror image"...quite naturally and easily.


There are so few people who are truly brilliant....but he sure was one of them. Thank you, Mandy. :-)


Yes it is amazing how talented the man was, Scientist, Inventor, Architect, Painter, Sculptor and God knows what more. Thank you Mandy. Reminded me of my school days. It was some kind of round birthday,(500 years maybe) and we learned an awful lot about him. Your puzzle is awesome, like always.

Yes, it is good to remember those who came before us......when
reading their life stories, it makes our own life seem so insignificant.
He went above and beyond what would be considered a normal life.
Happy Birthday dear Leonardo...........high five, Janine.


What a great puzzle - - for a great man! Thank you so much!!!


I had never given any thought about it till today and so in honour of his birthday I will go around today practicing my 'simpering' smile. Thank you Mandy for another great 'Who Knew'


Thanks for posting this reminder of his birthday, a day to celebrate the most talented person in this world, nobody can compare to him!!


A VERY good day to celebrate!! Thanks so very much Mandy!!


You're quite right Barb - people do think of him only as a painter... I was surprised at the breadth of his talents... I love researching these special days myself, as I am learning so much too!!

Thank you Ardy - I hope you had a wonderful birthday yesterday? HowI wonderful that you were able to see that painting, the memory will stay with you for ever I'm sure. I'm enjoying the research too - but it's lovely to know that you and other people are benefitting too :~))


I got to see The Last Supper in Milan. Thanks, Mandy. I do so appreciate your research and the time you spend finding the great pictures to make up your puzzles. You make learning fun.


He really was an amazing person. Most people think of him as a painter but he was so much more as listed in your history comments. He certainly deserves a celebration day. Thanks, Mandy. :-)