Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 8 : The Reception of Antiquity in Renaissance Humanism

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Leonardo da Vinci
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A. Life

Painter, sculptor, art theorist, architect, natural historian and engineer – in his sheer virtuosity, L. embodied the Renaissance ideal of the uomo universale. Born on April 15, 1452 at Vinci (near Florence), the illegitimate son of the notary Ser Pietro and a peasant girl, he died on May 2, 1519 at the Manoir du Cloux (now Château du Clos Lucé, Amboise, Indre-et-Loire, France). Around 1469, he began practical training in art, without higher education in the artes liberales (on L. as uomo senza lettere, cf. [3. vol. 1, § 10]), with the sculptor and painter Andrea del Ver…

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Landfester, Manfred (Gießen), “Leonardo da Vinci”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 8 : The Reception of Antiquity in Renaissance Humanism, English edition by Chad M. Schroeder (2017). Original German-language edition: Renaissance-Humanismus. Herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 2. Staffel, herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, vol. 9. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2014). Consulted online on 19 May 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-3418_bnps8_SIM_004897>
First published online: 2015



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