da Vinci was born at Anchian near Vinci, Tuscany. He
was the illegitimate son of Ser Piero di Antonio, a
notary, and peasant woman Catarina.
fall of Constantinople ends the Eastern Empire.
tax return made by Leonardo's grandfather showed the
child to be living with his father who was now married
to Albierra di Giovanni Amadori.
grandfather dies at the age of ninety-six.
work as an apprentice at the workshop of Verrocchio.
Another tax return shows, that at the age of seventeen,
Leonardo is still living with his father.
with the Pomegranate.
to the Company of Painters. An entry in the registry
shows Leonardo to have been in debt for his fees and
an 'offering' on St. Luke's day -- 18th October 1472.
Assists with Verrocchio's Baptism of Christ. The Annunciation
Genevri de' Benci.
was the date written by Leonardo (now aged twenty-one)
on a landscape drawing which survives today.
Madonna with the Carnation
anonymous charge was made against seventeen-year-old
Jacopo Saltarelli for homosexuality. Leonardo is named
as one of his lovers.
second accusation of homosexuality was made against
Leonardo. The charge was dismissed.
The Annunciation (Louvre).
di Bandini Baroncelli, who murdered Lorenzo the Magnificant's
brother Giuliano in Florence's cathedral, was hanged
and a drawing of this, together with notes on the murderer's
clothes, is executed by Leonardo.
received a commission from the monastery of S. Donato
a Scopeto for an Adoration
of the Magi
which was to be completed within thirty months. Litta Madonna, Madonna
with the Cat.
his services in a letter to Ludovico Sforza, ruler of
to Milan to enter the service of Ludovico 'the Moor'who
was looking for an engineer, an artist and a musician
rolled into one. He left his Adoration of the Magi unfinished. Lady with the Ermine, Portrait of a Musician,
work on The
Virgin of the Rocks, now in the Louvre. Raphael was born at Urbino.
addition to completing various commissions, Leonardo
broadens the scope of his work on architecture (plans
for a stables and a domed church), military engineering,
flying machines and war machines.
his work on anatomy.
on stage design for the pageant Il Paradiso by Bernardo Ballincioni.
visits Rome. Columbus's first visit to the New World.
clay model of The
for Ludvovico Sforza, Duke of Milan.
Last Supper, La Belle Ferronniere, Portrait of a Young
Woman, Sala delle Asse.
French invade Italy. Leonardo flees from Milan.
to Venice and Florence.
of the Yarnwinder.
as military engineer to Cesare Borgia.
Battle of Anghiari commissioned. Mona Lisa begun.
and the Swan.
bird flight and geometry.
to Milan at invitation of the French King Louis XII.
of the Rocks, National
to Florence for a visit. Possibly starts work on Virgin and Child with
back to Milan for anatomical and other research.
draws maps and geological surveys of Lombardy and Lake
Isea. Starts St.
John the Baptist.
French are defeated and driven from Milan. Michelangelo
completes Sistine ceiling.
leaves Milan and works for Giuliano de' Medici in Rome.
French recapture Milan.
to France, to work for Francois I. He is still able
to draw although his right hand is partially paralysed
due to a stroke.
up his last will and testament.
dies at the Castle of Cloux near Amboise, France and
is buried in the Church of St Florentine, but his remains
are scattered during the Wars of Religion.