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  • April 15,1452


    Leonardo is born in Anchiano, near Vinci (in the province of Florence). Illegitimate son of the notary, ser Piero and a young peasant woman. Leonardo spends his childhood and early adolescence in Anchiano and Vinci. He lives with his father who, in the meantime, marries Albiera degli Amadori.
  • 1469

    Andrea del Verrocchio

    Joins the studio of Andrea del Verrocchio, much frequented by celebrated artists and young talented men where he learns to draw, paint and sculpt.
    Madonna Dreyfus
  • 1472

    First works

    Listed as a member of the Company of St. Luke, the Florentine artists’ guild. It is from this date that we begin to see his first independent works.
  • 1481

    The Adoration of the Magi

    The friars at the church of San Donato in Scopeto, near Florence, request him to paint an altarpiece for their monastery.

    Leonardo begins work on the Adoration of the Magi, which he never completes.
    The Adoration of Magi.
  • 1483

    The Virgin of the Rocks

    Signs a contract with the friars of the Immaculate Conception to paint the Virgin of the Rocks.
    Virgin of the rocks, Paris.
  • 1490

    The Lady with the ermine

    Paints the portrait of Cecilia Gallerani, the picture known as Lady with the ermine.

    Directs numerous court festivities.
    The Lady with an ermine
  • 1499

    Leaving Milan

    Leaves Milan in the company of Luca Pacioli a few months after French troops occupy the city.
  • 1502

    Cesare Borgia

    For a few months, is in the service of Cesare Borgia who is involved in a number of military operations in Romagna and requests his assistance as a military engineer.
  • 1504

    The death of Ser Piero

    His father, Piero, dies at the age of 80.

    Leonardo continues work on the Battle of Anghiari and plans the canal project for the Arno River.
  • 1513


    On 24 September he moves to Rome, where he resides in the Vatican, in the service of Giuliano dei Medici, the brother of Pope Leo X.
    The Virgin and Child with St.Anne.
  • May 2, 1519

    Sit tibi terra levis

    On 23 April he makes his last Will and Testament, designating his pupil Francesco Melzi heir to all his manuscripts and instruments. He leaves the paintings still in his studio to his other pupil, Salaì.

    He dies on 2 May and is buried in the town of Amboise, in the cloister of the church of Saint Florentin. There is no longer any trace of his remains because many tombs were destroyed during the sixteenth-century Wars of Religion.
  • 1466


    After Albiera dies, he moves to Florence with his father.
  • 1471

    The Baptism of Christ

    Works on the completion of an angel in the Baptism of Christ painted in Verrocchio’s studio.
    Baptism of Christ
  • 1476

    The Trial

    Is accused, prosecuted and found not guilty of sodomy.
  • 1482


    Leaves Florence to enter the service of Ludovico Sforza "the Moor", Duke of Milan, as engineer, architect, sculptor, painter and even musician.
  • 1489

    Sforza Monument

    Starts work on “The Horse”, the equestrian monument Ludovico wanted as a tribute to his father Francesco Sforza. This monument was never finished.
  • 1495

    The Last Supper

    Starts painting the Last Supper, in the refectory of the monastery of Santa Maria delle Grazie.
    The Last Supper
  • 1500

    The Monastery

    After staying in Mantua and Venice, returns to Florence and lodges at the monastery of the Servants of the Annunciation.
    The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne.
  • 1503

    Mona Lisa

    In Florence, he begins work on the Mona Lisa. The Seigneury commissions him to create a fresco of the Battle of Anghiari, but the work will not survive very long.
    The World of Leonardo da Vinci, in Piazza della Scala, Milan. Mona Lisa
  • 1506


    Returns to Milan, where he stays for three months at the insistence of the French Governor, Charles d’Amboise.
  • 1516

    To France

    Moves to France at the invitation of the new King François I and lodges in the Manoir of Cloux, near the Royal Castle of Amboise.
    St. John the Baptist.