Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo

RonPaulCurriculum History Week 18

During the Renaissance there were many artists and geniuses. Such as Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo.

Leonardo da Vinci

Da Vinci was born in Florence, Italy in 1452. He learned a geometry, mathematics, and Latin when he was young. Then by the age 20, he was a master at the Guild of St. Luke. Guild of St. Luke is dedicated to artists and doctor of medicine.

His father even made a workshop for him, and he and Andrea del Verrocchio(his mentor) did many projects together.

His first well known painting was a pen and ink drawing of the Arno Valley:


His most well known painting is Mona Lisa:

Mona Lisa

No one knows for sure who is the woman, but da Vinci spent years on the painting, and wanted the picture perfect.

Leonardo da Vinci was known as a genius. He not only worked on painting, but also scientific and mathematics projects. He invented flying things, studied plants, and he was an architect for some buildings. He even wrote all his ideas and inventions in a 13,000 page journal.

He died in 1519 in France, and remembered as the greatest man during the Renaissance.


Michelangelo was a another very famous painter and sculpture Renaissance man.

He was born in 1475 outside of  Tuscany, Italy. He had an apprenticeship with the man who owned the largest workshop in Florence.

His most sculpture is King David from the Bible:


And his most famous painting, is the painting on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel:


Right before he died, he designed St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, then he died in 1564. He did not see the finished construction, but this building influenced many other building like St.Paul’s Cathedral in London.


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