On April 15, 1452 Ser Piero and Catarina (her first name is all that we know today) gave birth to arguably the most important man in history, Leonardo da Vinci. Leonardo was born in a farmhouse in Anchiano, which is 3 km away from Vinci. Leonardo’s family had lived in this area since the 13th century.
Ser Piero, Leonardo’s father, was a 25-year-old lawyer when Leonardo was born. As the story goes, Ser Piero did not
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Francis I immediately came to Ambosie when he heard that Leonardo was near death. The painting from Cesare Mussini shows this last meeting, but it is only a legend, because King Francis was in St. Germain en Laye on May 1, 1519.
1. Thierry Ehrmann, Leonardo-da-vinci.com, Online, www.dogpile.com, May 15, 2000.
2. Kathleen Krull, Lives of the Artists, San Diego, Harcourt Brace & Company, 1995.
3. Editors of Time-Life Books, What Life was Like at the Rebirth of Genius, Renaissance, Italy, 1999.