BirthdateLeonardo is born in Anchiano, near Vinci (in the province of Florence). Illegitimate son of the notary, ser Piero and a young peasant woman. Leonardo spends his childhood and early adolescence in Anchiano and Vinci. He lives with his father who, in the meantime, marries Albiera degli Amadori.
Andrea del VerrocchioJoins the studio of Andrea del Verrocchio, much frequented by celebrated artists and young talented men where he learns to draw, paint and sculpt.
First worksListed as a member of the Company of St. Luke, the Florentine artists’ guild. It is from this date that we begin to see his first independent works.
The Adoration of the MagiThe friars at the church of San Donato in Scopeto, near Florence, request him to paint an altarpiece for their monastery.
Leonardo begins work on the Adoration of the Magi, which he never completes.
The Virgin of the RocksSigns a contract with the friars of the Immaculate Conception to paint the Virgin of the Rocks.
The Lady with the erminePaints the portrait of Cecilia Gallerani, the picture known as Lady with the ermine.
Directs numerous court festivities.
Leaving MilanLeaves Milan in the company of Luca Pacioli a few months after French troops occupy the city.
Cesare BorgiaFor a few months, is in the service of Cesare Borgia who is involved in a number of military operations in Romagna and requests his assistance as a military engineer.
The death of Ser PieroHis father, Piero, dies at the age of 80.
Leonardo continues work on the Battle of Anghiari and plans the canal project for the Arno River.
RomeOn 24 September he moves to Rome, where he resides in the Vatican, in the service of Giuliano dei Medici, the brother of Pope Leo X.
May 2, 1519
Sit tibi terra levisOn 23 April he makes his last Will and Testament, designating his pupil Francesco Melzi heir to all his manuscripts and instruments. He leaves the paintings still in his studio to his other pupil, Salaì.
He dies on 2 May and is buried in the town of Amboise, in the cloister of the church of Saint Florentin. There is no longer any trace of his remains because many tombs were destroyed during the sixteenth-century Wars of Religion.
FlorenceAfter Albiera dies, he moves to Florence with his father.
The Baptism of ChristWorks on the completion of an angel in the Baptism of Christ painted in Verrocchio’s studio.
The TrialIs accused, prosecuted and found not guilty of sodomy.
MilanLeaves Florence to enter the service of Ludovico Sforza "the Moor", Duke of Milan, as engineer, architect, sculptor, painter and even musician.
Sforza MonumentStarts work on “The Horse”, the equestrian monument Ludovico wanted as a tribute to his father Francesco Sforza. This monument was never finished.
The Last SupperStarts painting the Last Supper, in the refectory of the monastery of Santa Maria delle Grazie.
The MonasteryAfter staying in Mantua and Venice, returns to Florence and lodges at the monastery of the Servants of the Annunciation.
Mona LisaIn Florence, he begins work on the Mona Lisa. The Seigneury commissions him to create a fresco of the Battle of Anghiari, but the work will not survive very long.
MilanReturns to Milan, where he stays for three months at the insistence of the French Governor, Charles d’Amboise.
To FranceMoves to France at the invitation of the new King François I and lodges in the Manoir of Cloux, near the Royal Castle of Amboise.