The illegitimate son of a 25-year-old notary, Ser Piero, and a peasant girl, Caterina, Leonardo was born on April 15, 1452, in Vinci, Italy, just outside Florence. His father took custody of the little fellow shortly after his birth, while his mother married someone else and moved to a neighboring town. They kept on having kids, although not with each other, and they eventually supplied him with a total of 17 half sisters and brothers..
Growing up in his father’s Vinci home, Leonardo had access to scholarly texts owned by family and friends. He was also exposed to Vinci’s longstanding painting tradition, and when he was about 15 his father apprenticed him to the renowned workshop of Andrea del Verrochio in Florence. Even as an apprentice, Leonardo demonstrated his colossal talent.
>>>>>> http://legacy.mos.org/Leonardo/bio.html (Museum of Science: Leonardo da Vinci, Renaissance Man)
“On Leonardo da Vinci’s Birthday MFA Boston Shows the Most Beautiful Drawing in the World”~ https://news.artnet.com/in-brief/leonardo-da-vinci-birthday-288061 (artnet news)
Slideshow~ http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/leon/hd_leon.htm#slideshow1 (Metropolitan Museum of Art, Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History)
Leonardo Da Vinci timeline~ http://worldhistoryproject.org/topics/leonardo-da-vinci (World History Project)
The Story of Leonardo’s Horse~ http://www.davincisciencecenter.org/inside-dsc/leonardo-and-the-horse/the-story-of-leonardos-horse/ (Da Vinci Science Center)
Ralph Steadman Illustrates the Life of Leonardo da Vinci~ http://www.brainpickings.org/2014/07/11/ralph-steadman-i-leonardo/ (Brain Pickings)
List of works by Leonardo da Vinci~ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_works_by_Leonardo_da_Vinci (Wikipedia)