Leonardo Da VInci

  • Mar 6, 1452

    Leonardo born on April 15, in Vinci. Leonardo was born to Ser Piero, a notary, and Caterina, a peasant girl; his parents were never married.

    Leonardo born on April 15, in Vinci. Leonardo was born to Ser Piero, a notary, and Caterina, a peasant girl; his parents were never married.
  • Mar 6, 1467

    • Leonardo becomes an apprentice to Andrea del Verrocchio, in Florence. This date is an estimate, the apprenticeship could have begun a year or two later. But even 1467 would have been a bit late according to the customs of the time: Leonardo would have b

  • Mar 6, 1472

    Leonardo becomes a member of the Florence painters' guild. Birth of Copernicus. Dante's The Divine Comedy is published. Other famous painters to join the painters' guild in 1472 were Botticelli and Perugino.

  • Mar 6, 1476

    Leonardo charged with sodomy on April 9; the case is dismissed June 16.

  • Mar 6, 1481

    Leonardo receives a commission to paint the Adoration of the Magi. The painting was never completed, yet was–and is–considered a masterpiece. This same year, most of the other noteworthy painters in Florence were sent to Rome to work on projects for the P

  • Mar 6, 1482

    Leonardo moves from Florence to Milan, entering the patronage of Ludovico Sforza. By this time, Leonardo is writing in his notebooks regularly.

  • Mar 6, 1483

    Leonardo receives a commission to paint the Virgin of the Rocks. Also, Raphael is born in 1483.

  • Mar 6, 1489

    Leonardo studies anatomy.

  • Mar 6, 1489

    Leonardo decorates the walls and ceiling of the Sala delle Asse. He also made his first attempts at planning a flying machine around this time.

  • Mar 6, 1490

    Leonardo begins work in earnest on the bronze horse for his patron Ludovico Sforza. Leonardo begins a book on landscape and hydraulic works; it is never finished. Salai enters his household at the age of 10.

  • Mar 6, 1493

    A woman named Caterina, possibly Leonardo's mother, possibly a servant, becomes a member of his household in Milan.

  • Mar 6, 1495

    Leonardo begins his Last Supper in the convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie.

  • Mar 6, 1500

    Leonardo and Pacioli go to Mantua, then Leonardo continues on to Florence.

  • Mar 6, 1502

    Leonardo becomes Cesare Borgia's military engineer. Leonardo travels around the Romagna, inspecting fortifications. He meets Machiavelli.

  • Mar 6, 1505

    Leonardo makes a second attempt to build a flying machine and begins sketches for the Mona Lisa, which he completes sometime later. In 1505, Leonardo gives up on the Battle of Anghiari, which is deteriorating as he works on it.

  • Mar 6, 1506

    In May, Leonardo is summoned to Milan by Charles d'Amboise, the French governor.

  • Mar 6, 1513

    Leonardo moves to Rome. Living in the Vatican, he studies the properties of mirrors. It is perhaps at this time that he paints the Turin Self-portrait. It was in this year that Leo X (Medici) became pope; the previous year the Medici family returned to po

  • Mar 6, 1516

    Leonardo permanently leaves Italy for France, where he will serve Francis I in his court in Amboise.

  • Mar 6, 1519

    Leonardo dies at Cloux.