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Hi I'm Christina Hartman, and I'm here to profile the great Renaissance artist, inventor, scientist, and engineer, Leonardo da Vinci. Leonardo da Vinci was born April 15, 1452 in the town of Vinci in the Republic of Florence, which is now Italy.  When he was about 15 years old, Leonardo was apprenticed to a well-known artist in Florence. There, he learned painting, sculpting, metal work, carpentry, and drawing. From 1482 to 1499, Leonardo produced two of his best-known works: the painting the Virgin of the Rocks, and the mural the Last Supper – which is located in the monastery of Santa Ma   ria della Grazie [grahtz-yeh] in Milan. Throughout his career, Leonardo worked for a number of different patrons. For these patrons, he painted the masterpieces that made him famous: Lady with an Ermine, The Virgin and Child with St. Anne, St. John the Baptist, and, of course, the Mona Lisa. But Leonardo da Vinci wasn't only a painter. He was also a sculptor, and a draftsman. He wrote about the natural world and anatomy. He invented weapons, and even a flying machine. Leonardo da Vinci died on May 2, 1519 in France. Unlike most artists, Leonardo's genius was recognized in his own time – and his fame continues today. Thanks for watching our profile of Leonardo da Vinci, genius of the Renaissance. For more information, visit About.com.
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