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Leonardo da Vinci Biography for Kids: Creative Years in Milan

March 11, 2013 by  
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In our Leonardo da Vinci Biography for Kids: Creative Years in Milan, we will follow Leonardo da Vinci after he worked as an apprentice in Andreas Verrocchio’s workshop.

When Leonardo was around his twenty-fourth birthday he opened his own workshop in painting and sculpture in Florence. Although it was very successful, 10 years later he asked for a position with the Duke of Sforza, who was a powerful patron (a person who helps the artists) in the city of Milan.

As he was looking for the position, He sent a letter to the Duke, where he described himself as someone who had experience in building, bridges, tunnels, and war machines. Surprisingly, the last point in the letter was as follows: “I can carry out sculpture in marble, bronze or clay, and also I can do in painting whatever may be done.”

Leonardo worked for the powerful Duke of Sforza for 17 years; he was appointed as “the arbiter of all questions relating to beauty and elegance, especially in pageantry.”

Leonardo worked planning complex theater scenography, and special effects. He designed the duchess’ chambers, and painted portraits. He devoted himself to study anatomy and dreamed about building a flying machine.

His most important commissions during this period were the construction of a giant horse sculpture as tribute to his father, that he never finished; and painting a large mural in a the refectory of Santa Maria della Grazie.

Some of his works from this period have been preserved, while many others were left unfinished, got damaged or were lost.

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.

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Leonardo da Vinci, biography for kids, his most creative years in Milan.

When Leonardo was around his twenty-fourth birthday he opened his own workshop in painting and sculpture in Florence.

Although it was very successful, 10 years later he asked for a position with the Duke of Sforza, who was a powerful patron (a person who helps the artists) in the city of Milan.

As he was looking for the position, he sent a letter to the Duke, where he described himself as someone who had experience in building, bridges, tunnels, and war machines.

Surprisingly, the last point in the letter was as follows: "I can carry out sculpture in marble, bronze or clay, and also I can do in painting whatever may be done."

Leonardo worked for the powerful Duke of Sforza for 17 years; he was appointed as “the arbiter of all questions relating to beauty and elegance, especially in pageantry.”

Leonardo worked planning complex theater scenography, and special effects. He designed the duchess’ chambers, and painted portraits. He devoted himself to study anatomy and dreamed about building a flying machine.

His most important commissions during this period were the construction of a giant horse sculpture as a tribute to the Duke’s father, but Leonardo never finished it…

…  and painting a large mural in a the refectory of Santa Maria della Grazie, called The Last Supper.

Some of his works from this period have been preserved, while many others were left unfinished, got damaged or were lost.

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