Leonardo da Vinci (Leonardo di Piero da Vinci) Loudspeaker.svg listen (Vinci, April 15, 1452 -Amboise, May 2, 1519) was a Florentine polymath of the Italian Renaissance. He was at the same time painter, anatomist, architect, paleontologist, 3 artist, botanist, scientist, writer, sculptor, philosopher, engineer, inventor, musician, poet and urban planner. He died accompanied by Francesco Melzi, whom he bequeathed his projects, designs and paintings.2 After spending his childhood in his hometown, Leonardo studied with the famous Florentine painter Andrea de Verrocchio. His first important works were created in Milan at the service of Duke Ludovico Sforza. He then worked in Rome, Bologna and Venice, and spent the last years of his life in France, at the invitation of King Francis I.