Summary of the lives of Leonardo Da Vinci & Michelangelo

Leonardo Da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci was born in 1452, in the Italian city of Florence.  He was born out-of-wedlock to Messer Piero Fruosino di Antonio da Vinci, who was a wealthy legal notary from Florence, and Caterina who was a peasant.  Not a lot is known about Leonardo’s early life, but we do know that when he was 14, he was apprenticed to an artist named Andrea di Cione (also called Verrocchio).

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Leonardo Da Vinci

Verrocchio was one of the best painters and sculptors in Florence, so Leonardo got to learn a lot.  During his apprenticeship with Virrocchio, Leonardo surpassed his teacher in skill, and by the time he was 20, he was a master in the guild of Saint Luke.  Leonardo’s first known work is called the Arno Valley.  The most well-known painting of Leonardo’s is the Mona Lisa.  Leonardo Da Vinci was a virtual genius.  He died around the age of 67 in 1519 ad.


The Mona Lisa
 Pen drawing of a landscape with mountains, a river in a deep valley, and a small castle
The Arno Valley


Michelangelo was born in 1475, in Caprese, Italy. His parents were Ludovico di Leonardo Buonarroti Simoni, and Francesca di Neri del Miniato di Siena. (man, they had long names back then!) Just a few months after he was born, Michelangelo’s family moved to Florence Italy, where he grew up.  When Michelangelo was 6 years old, his mother died, and he lived with his Nanny and her husband.  Michelangelo was apprenticed to Francesca di Neri del Miniato di Siena, when he was a young boy to learn grammar, however, he took no interest in his studys, because he really enjoyed copying paintings, and hanging out with other artists.  At the age of 13, Michelangelo apprenticed with a man named Domenico Ghirlandaio, who was a master artist.  By the time he was 14, his father had got  Ghirlandaio to pay him as one of his artists.  Michelangelo did many amazing works of art, but one of his most well-known is the painting on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.  Another major thing that he did was designing saint Peter’s basilica in the Vatican.  Michelangelo died in 1564.

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The ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.



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