If you give such a name to a “guest house”, there is a certain enthusiasm for the person behind it. Therefore, we would like to provide you with an excerpt from da Vinci’s turbulent and versatile CV:
Leonardo da Vinci (* 1452 in Anchiano bei Vinci) was a painter, sculptor, architect, anatomist, mechanic, engineer and natural philosopher. The birthplace Vinci is a fort 30 km west of Florence. At Verrocchio (a major sculptor, goldsmith and painter in Florence) Leonardo learned and worked from 1470 to 1477. Since 1472 his name can be found in the lists of St. Luke’s Guild. Here he lived for 10 years and worked with the painters Botticelli and Perugino. Unlike Michelangelo Leonardo was portrayed as open and friendly.
Despite his achievements, he remained poor. When many of his artist friends went to Rome in 1481 to work for the Vatican, the suggestion of the Medici gave him the opportunity to work in the court of the Sforzas in Milan. (These ruled Milan and Lombardy from 1450 to 1535).
Because of the imminent fighting between Milan and Venice, Leonardo mentioned in detail in his letter to the Duke his inventions in military engineering, his skills as a civil engineer, architect, and painter and sculptor, which should be the basis for an execution of the monument to Francesco Sforza. Leonardo worked for the Sforzas for almost twenty years. In Milan, Leonardo developed into a leading artist and organizer of court ceremonies and festivities.
Leonardo, who, unlike many of his contemporaries, was a well-groomed and clean-behaved public, organized the first garbage collection in Milan, helping to improve the quality of life in the city. In 1485-86 he was involved in the completion of the Milan Cathedral. Parallel to this, he studied geometry, statics, dynamics, human anatomy, and the phenomena of light and shadow, and explored the design of the Sforza Rider’s Monument.
1492 was the study of body proportions by Vitruvius, as well as studies of human bodies, because he wanted to “get to know the inside of man” and began with the book From the human figure. In the following years, the festivities of the court of Milan gave him contracts, including the composition and recitation of legends and prophecies.
1483-86 the Madonna was built in the rock grotto. In 1499 this painting came to France, today it hangs in the Louvre. From 1493 to 1508 the modified version was painted (National Gallery in London). When Leonardo was 40, he was commissioned to paint a picture for the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie. The mural The Last Supper (Cenacolo, 8.8 x 4.6 m, 1494-98), which was admired even during the creation of artists, is still the subject of many legends, and despite great damage, the picture has always left a deep impression on the observer.
Following the success of The Last Supper, Leonardo continued to work on the Sforza Monument (the Cavallo), whose 7-meter high clay model has been admired for 3 years. Now the monument should be cast in bronze. Leonardo got help from the mathematician Pacioli for the calculations for the bronze casting. He admired Leonardo’s paintings and sculptures and his mathematical, physical and anatomical researches. Both worked on Paciolis next book De divina proportione, which corresponded to the golden ratio. They also tried to solve the mathematical task of squaring the circle. Pacioli participated in the completion of the interior decoration of the chambers of the Castello.
The friends moved in 1500 to Florence, where Leonardo found refuge in the monastery Annunziata and he undertook to paint an altarpiece for the Basilica della Santissima Annunziata. He did not execute this assignment because scientific questions of physical geography and engineering bound him more than painting. He wrote to correspondents to inquire about the tides in the Euxin and Caspian Seas and reported on the measures to be taken against an impending landslide. In 1501 he submitted to the Servite brothers of Annunziata a draft of the altarpiece, which was exhibited in Florence. Despite the praise for his design Leonardo did not complete the picture. In Florence, Piero Soderini offered him a huge marble block for free, but he refused and years later Michelangelo beat his David out of the block. In 1501 Leonardo painted the Madonna with the spindle, but was more interested in technical and scientific challenges and was looking for a client.
In 1502 he entered the service of the Duke of Valentino (Cesare Borgias) and traveled as the chief engineer a large part of central Italy. After a visit to Piombino drove.