|Full Name: Mr. Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci|
Date of Birth: April 15, 1452
Place of Birth: Anchiano, Tuscany, Italy
Died: May 2, 1519
Place of Death:Clos luce, France
Born near Vinci, Leonardo grew up in Florence where he began sketching, drawing, and eventually painting. At age fourteen, Leonardo began an apprenticeship with Andrea del Verrocchio. However, his work was so admired that he was soon employed by the Duke of Milan from circa 1480 to 1500. Under the duke, Leonardo was to construct a huge bronze horse statue called Gran Cavallo. But, as the French soon attacked the city, the bronze had to be used for weaponry. However, his drawings and sketches of how the horse would look and be built still exist.
Sketch of horses
Possible Self-Portrait, c. 1513