Da Vinci

Viale Palmiro Togliatti 53, Vinci, 50059, Italy
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A stunning little town

by debshamilton

Vinci is a quiet and friendly little town. It is most famous for the museum and birth place of Leonardo yet is worth a visit in its own right. The local market takes place on a Wednesday morning and is very busy.

Frolicking Among the Olives

by cpiers47

We visited Vinci as part of a day trip from Florence with our Art History class. We'd seen the amazing Medici Villa of Poggio a Caiano and ridden on the bus for what seemed like days. Our history professor knew a reward was in order, so she promised that when we reached Leonardo's house at Vinci, we could "frolic amongst the olives."

Imitating her marvelous British accent, we kept repeating that phrase to each other - fixated as only sleep-deprived college students can be. After an hour or two, that phrase became our anthem.

That's why I have 1 picture related to da Vinci's birthplace and 20 pictures of my friends frolicking.

Oddly enough, or not oddly at all considering how small the world is, 5 years after visiting Vinci, I met an Italian in Paris. He claimed Florence was his home, but, when he realized I knew it, told me he was in fact from Vinci. When I mentioned I'd visited Leonardo's birthplace, he was stunned for a moment and responded, "My parent's house is on the same driveway."

I, of course, don't have any pictures of the driveway. Just of the frolicking.

Djeezes...a genius can be born everywhere...

by belgianchocolate

Ofcourse they made this place a touristic attraction point. And there is no special reason for it then Leonardo Da Vinci being born here in this little town.

A few museum , some prullaria shops...hey , follow me.
I also added some of the beaten path tips for Empoli...

Leonardo da Vinci's Life

by Mundus

Leonardo da Vinci was educated in his father's house receiving the usual elementary education of reading, writing and arithmetic. In 1467 he became an apprentice learning painting, sculpture and acquiring technical and mechanical skills. He was accepted into the painters' guild in Florence in 1472 but he continued to work as an apprentice until 1477. From that time he worked for himself in Florence as a painter. Already during this time he sketched pumps, military weapons and other machines.

Between 1482 and 1499 Leonardo was in the service of the Duke of Milan. He was described in a list of the Duke's staff as a painter and engineer of the duke. As well as completing six paintings during his time in the Duke's service he also advised on architecture, fortifications and military matters. He was also considered as a hydraulic and mechanical engineer.

During his time in Milan, Leonardo became interested in geometry. He read Leon Battista Alberti's books on architecture and Piero della Francesca's On Perspective in Painting. He illustrated Pacioli's Divina proportione and he continued to work with Pacioli and is reported to have neglected his painting because he became so engrossed in geometry.

Leonardo studied Euclid and Pacioli's Suma and began his own geometry research, sometimes giving mechanical solutions. He gave several methods of squaring the circle, again using mechanical methods. He wrote a book, around this time, on the elementary theory of mechanics which appeared in Milan around 1498.

In 1499 the French armies entered Milan and the Duke was defeated. Some months later Leonardo left Milan together with Pacioli. He travelled to Mantua, Venice and finally reached Florence. Although he was under constant pressure to paint, mathematical studies kept him away from his painting activity much of the time. He was for a time employed by Cesare Borgia as a
senior military architect and general engineer.

By 1503 he was back in Florence advising on the project to divert the River Arno behind Pisa to help with the siege of the city which the Florentines were engaged in. He then produced plans for a canal to allow Florence access to the sea. The canal was never built nor was the River Arno diverted.

In 1506 Leonardo returned for a second period in Milan. again his scientific work took precedence over his painting and he was involved in hydrodynamics, anatomy, mechanics, mathematics and optics.

In 1513 the French were removed from Milan and Leonardo moved again, this time to Rome. However he seems to have led a lonely life in Rome again more devoted to mathematical studies and technical experiments in his studio than to painting. After three years of unhappiness Leonardo accepted an invitation from King Francis I to enter his service in France.

The French King gave Leonardo the title of first painter, architect, and mechanic of the King

but seems to have left him to do as he pleased. This means that Leonardo did no painting except to finish off some works he had with him, St. John the Baptist, Mona Lisa and the Virgin and Child with St Anne. Leonardo spent most of his time arranging and editing his scientific studies.


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