| April 15, 1452
||Leonardo da Vinci is born
Leonardo was born near Florence, in Italy. He was raised by his father.
||Leonardo is sent away to study art
Leonardo was very advanced in the fine arts. He was sent to apprentice under Andrea del Verrochio.
||The Painter's Guild of Florence
Leonardo's work was so well received and loved that he was asked to join the Painter's Guild of Florence.
||Leonardo out-paints his teacher
While studying under Verrochio, they worked together to paint The Baptism of Christ. Leonardo's section is said to have outshined Verrochio's.
||A move to a new city
Leonardo was charged with a crime that he was later cleared from. He was so embarrassed that he moved from Florence to Milan.
||Da Vinci's notebooks
Sometime during the 1490's da Vinci began keeping notebooks full of his philosophies and beliefs. Many of these notebooks can be seen today in various museums.
||Da Vinci paints The Last Supper
While working in Milan, Leonardo took on many projects. One of those was one of his most famous, The Last Supper.
||Da Vinci returns to Florence
Finally Leonardo returned home to Florence, where he continued his career in art.
||Leonardo changes his post
Leonardo accepted a position travelling with the military troops in order to sketch out the land and draw maps. He returned to Florence in 1503.
||The Mona Lisa
When he returned to Florence, da Vinci was hired to paint a portrait of a wealthy man's wife. Her name was Mona Lisa.
||Leonardo returns to Milan
Leonardo returned to Milan to work for the French governor there. He put a hold on his art to do architect work.
||The French leave Milan
When the French were forced out of Milan, Leonardo left as well. He went to Rome where he lived for several years.
||Leonardo is invited by the King of France
France's king, King Francis I, asked Leonardo to come paint for him. Leonardo travelled to France where he stayed the rest of his life.
||Leonardo da Vinci dies
While living in France Leonardo died. He was buried in France.
||The French Revolution (1800's)
During the French Revolution, troops destroyed the church and grounds where da Vinci was buried. Though his grave was destroyed, his legend lived on. His works have long outlived him and are still treasured today.