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Leonardo was born on 15 april 1452 old style at the third hour of the night in the tuscan hill town of vinci in the lower valley of the arno river in the territory of the medici ruled republic of florence he was the out of wedlock son of the wealthy messer piero fruosino di antonio da vinci a florentine legal notary and caterina a peasant . Leonardo da vincis parents were unmarried at the time of his birth near a small village named vinci in the tuscan region his father ser piero was a florentine notary and landlord and his mother caterina was a young peasant woman who shortly thereafter married an artisan. Leonardo da vinci april 15 1452 to may 2 1519 was a painter sculptor architect inventor military engineer and draftsman the epitome of a renaissance man. Leonardo di ser piero da vinci april 15 1452 may 2 1519 was an italian polymath having been a scientist mathematician engineer inventor anatomist painter sculptor architect botanist musician and writer born as the illegitimate son of a notary piero da vinci and a peasant girl caterina at vinci in the region of florence . Leonardo da vinci was born in a tuscan hamlet near vinci he began a nine year apprenticeship at the age of 14 to andrea del verrocchio a popular sculptor painter and goldsmith who was an important figure in the art world of the day. While leonardo da vinci is best known as an artist his work as a scientist and an inventor make him a true renaissance man he serves as a role model applying the scientific method to every aspect of life including art and music. 11 15 leonardo da vinci facts 11 leonardo da vinci claimed to have dissected more than 30 people in his pursuit to further understand human anatomy and his more than 240 detailed drawings and over 13000 words of observations revealed many then unknown characteristics of our bodies. Credit leonardo da vinci ca 1510 1515 born on april 15 1452 in vinci italy leonardo da vinci was the son of a prominent attorney notary and a young peasant girl. To read this magnificent biography of leonardo da vinci is to take a tour through the life and works of one of the most extraordinary human beings of all time and in the company of the most engaging informed and insightful guide imaginable walter isaacson is at once a true scholar and a spellbinding writer. Leonardo was born on 15 april 1452 in the tuscan hill town of vinci in the valley of the arno riverhis grandfather antonio da vinci wrote down the details of the birth leonardos parents were not married