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Leonardo da Vinci (April 15, 1452-May 2, 1519) was an Italian scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, painter, sculptor, architect, botanist, musician, and writer. Born at Vinci in the region of Florence, Leonardo was educated in the studio of the renowned Florentine painter, Verrocchio. Much of his earlier working life was spent in the service of Ludovico il Moro in Milan. He later worked in Rome, Bologna and Venice, spending his final years in France at the home given to him by King Francois I.

Leonardo has often been described as the archetype of the Renaissance man, a man whose seemingly infinite curiosity was equaled only by his power of invention. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest painters of all time and perhaps the most diversely talented person ever to have lived.

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