Leonardo da Vinci was one of the most famous painters and sculptors in history. He was born in the small village of Anchiano, Italy on April 15, 1452. Da Vinci’s work has inspired generations of artists. His most famous paintings include “The Last Supper,” “Mona Lisa” and “The Virgin of the Rocks”. When he was about 14 years old he moved to Florence where he became an apprentice for the sculptor Verrocchio, one of Italy’s leading painters at that time.

Adoration of the Magi | 1481 | Source: Wikipedia

Early Career

Over time Leonardo learned how to paint from Verrocchio’s other apprentices as well as from his teacher himself. After working with Verrocchio for two years Da Vinci left his workshop and began working for other patrons such as Lorenzo de’ Medici and Ludovico Sforza who were both powerful political figures during their time. By 1482 Da Vinci had started designing a battle sculpture for Milan’s church of Santa Maria delle Grazie but unfortunately never finished.

The Last Supper by Da Vinci | 1495-1498 | Source: Wikipedia

One of Leonardo’s first major works was The Adoration of the Magi (c. 1481), which he painted for a church in Milan; it depicts a kneeling Magi before the Virgin Mary and Jesus Christ as a child. This painting shows how much Leonardo had learned from the works produced by his master: there are many similarities between this painting and those created by Verrocchio during his lifetime.

The Mona Lisa Painting | 1503-1506 | Source: Wikipedia

The Mona Lisa is one of the most famous paintings in the world. It was originally called La Gioconda, which means “the laughing one.” The painting was created by Leonardo da Vinci between 1503 and 1516. It currently hangs in Paris at the Louvre Museum and has been there since 1797. Another notable painting is The Last Supper which he painted between 1495 and 1498. This painting shows Jesus Christ at the last meal with his twelve disciples before being crucified by the Romans.

Italy 50,000 Lire ft. Da Vinci | 1967 | P-99a.1 | Source: Banknote World Educational

Banknotes & Coins Ft. Da Vinci

Da Vinci was a talented artist and had many ideas, but he was also interested in other things. He worked for many different patrons, including the Duke of Milan and King Francis I of France. He was interested in the sciences, such as anatomy and botany; mechanics (the study of force), which led him to design machines like pumps; anatomy (the study of how living things work), which allowed him to draw accurate pictures of human bodies; and astronomy (the science that studies stars), where he made calendars based on star movements rather than days or months.

De La Rue Giori 2,000 Leonardo da Vinci Test Note, 2000, UNC, Specimen | Source: Banknote World

His work and legacy remain strong and well-remembered. His work has also been featured on a few banknotes and coins as well. He is on the 1 Euro coin. In addition to obverse side of the 50,000 Italian Lire from 1967. The reverse side shows a view of the town of Vinci which is the birthplace of Da Vinci. A modern depiction is the Thomas De La Rue, Giori Le Mont Test Banknote was issued in 2000. Its obverse side features Leonardo Da Vinci, a High Renaissance painter who is considered as one of the greatest painters of all time. Its reverse side features a bust of Madonna of the Yarnwind. The note is equipped with a windowed security thread, and holographic silver seal to enhance its security features.

1 Euro Coin Ft. Vitruvian Man by Da Vinci | Source: Numista

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