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Leonardo da Vinci Biography for Kids: His Early Years in Florence

March 8, 2013 by  
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Today we will talk about Leonardo da Vinci biography for kids: His early years in Florence. Leonardo da Vinci lived in his grandparent’s farm, close to the town of Vinci in Italy, until he was sixteen. Leonardo didn’t use his father last name, because he was born out of wedlock, so he used his town’s name, Vinci, as his last name.

His father, who recognized his amazing capabilities, took young Leonardo to Florence, to be the apprentice of a very important artist called Andrea Verrocchio.

Florence was a beautiful and splendid city, a big center of commerce, where more than fifty thousand people lived. It had churches, palaces, goldsmith and jewelry stores, and many shops for exotic fabric and species.

Florence was also the center for the arts, and for the young Leonardo, a perfect place to grow and learn. The most renowned painters, sculptors, musicians and poets lived and work in Florence at that time.

Young apprentices lived six to seven years in their master’s workshop; gaining knowledge on how to work with marble, bronze, and copper. They also learned how to paint and how to make paintbrushes, mixed paints, and prepare wooden panels.

Leonardo began painting alongside Verrocchio. He was so talented that his master allowed him to paint the angel in one his paintings: “The Baptism of Christ”.

His first known drawing showed the Arno Valley, it was done in 1473, when he was 21. In those days landscapes were only used as backgrounds, but not as artworks per se, but for Leonardo his detailed landscape was a finished image.

This article is part of my series about Leonardo da Vinci where you will find information about his life, facts and anecdotes of his science and artistic activities and his inventions.

These fully illustrated series are especially design for kids, to give them a complete understanding about his work. Please check our archive in the link below to have access to all the articles related to Leonardo da Vinci.

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 Leonardo da Vinci, biography for kids, Florencce.

 Leonardo da Vinci, biography for kids, Florencce.

 Leonardo da Vinci, biography for kids, Florencce.

 Leonardo da Vinci, biography for kids, Florencce.

 Leonardo da Vinci, biography for kids, Florencce.

 Leonardo da Vinci, biography for kids, Florencce.

 Leonardo da Vinci, biography for kids, Florencce.

 Leonardo da Vinci, biography for kids, Florencce.

 Leonardo da Vinci, biography for kids, Florencce.

the baptism of Christ

The baptism of Christ

 Leonardo da Vinci, biography for kids, Florencce.

 Leonardo da Vinci, biography for kids, Florencce.

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