• Apr 15, 1452


    Leonardo is born on April 15 in the village of Anchiano, near the town of Vinci.
  • Jan 1, 1467


    At 15 Leonardo is sent to Florence to work as apprentice to Andrea De Verrocchio.
  • Jan 1, 1476


    Leonardo is accused of sodomy; he is publicly humiliated though the charges are later dropped.
  • Jan 1, 1481

    Adoration of the Magi

    Leonardo begins work on The Adoration of the Magi, an altarpiece for the Monastery of San Donato at Scopeto. He sketches many studies.
  • Jan 1, 1482

    Ludovico Sforza

    Leonardo moves to Milan to work in the service of the city’s duke, Ludovico Sforza. He gains the title of “painter and engineer of the duke.”
  • Jan 1, 1502

    Cesare Borgia

    Leonardo begins work as senior military architect and general engineer for Cesare Borgia, son of Pope Alexander VI.
  • Jan 1, 1503

    Mona Lisa

    Leonardo is commissioned to paint the Mona Lisa.
  • Jan 1, 1503

    Palazzo Vecchio

    Leonardo is commissioned to paint a mural for the council hall in Florence’s Palazzo Vecchio, which is to be the Battle of Anghiari, a work that would remain unfinished.
  • Jan 1, 1516

    King of France

    The king of France invites Leonardo to come work for him.
  • May 2, 1519


    Leonardo dies on May 2 in France.