da Vinci, Leonardo b. April 5, 1452 d. May 2, 1519 Artist, one of the great masters of the High Renaissance, who was also celebrated as a painter, sculptor, architect, engineer, and scientist. He was born on April 15, 1452, in the small Tuscan town of Vinci, near Florence. He was the son of a Florentine notary and a peasant woman. In the mid-1460s the family settled in Florence, where Leonardo was given the best education in Florence. He rapidly advanced socially and intellectually. He was handsome and a fine musician and improviser. About 1466...[Read More] (Bio by: Jelena) Amboise Forrest*, Amboise, Departement d'Indre-et-Loire, Centre, France *This location is unconfirmed or in dispute.