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Leonardo da Vinci was the painter of one of the single most famous paintings in existence: The Mona Lisa, a work which is now held in the permanent collection of the Louvre in Paris. The Last Supper is another of da Vinciís hugely popular paintings which has gained a recent resurgence of popularity due to its place in the recent bestseller The Da Vinci Code. Da Vinci himself was a true Renaissance man, born as an illegitimate child to a peasant woman but miraculously overcame the odds to become one of the most respected artists, scientists, and inventors of his time Leonardo Da Vinci began his career as an artist with an apprenticeship to Verrocchio, a painter whose master was Donatello. Prior to this apprenticeship, Da Vinciís childhood was spent in Florence living with his father and learning much about art and science. From an early age, Da Vinciís father noticed his interest in art and cultivated the talent in the boy. As an artist, Da Vinci was most interested in the anatomy of the human body in figure painting and portraiture, but also held a great interest in religious subjects as well. His sketch called The Vitruvian Man is a recognizable icon illustrating the laws of proportion for the human body. In addition to his interest in anatomy, Da Vinci also had a detailed understanding of botany, geology, the emotion in gestures and expressions. From a more technical standpoint, Da Vinci also understood the relationships between colors and tones as well as how to layer them in a way that was ahead of the skills of most of his contemporaries. The effect of these skills allowed Da Vinci to create believable and skilled works of art which showcased the best artistic talent in existence. However, Da Vinciís reason for his work was not simply for his own reputation but to better society through art and through his scientific discoveries and inventions. His status as the archetypal Renaissance man shows him to be well-versed in many different disciplines so that his multitude of talents can be used for good. Throughout his career Da Vinci received many public and private commissions for large scale works, especially those with deeply significant and important religious subject matter. The Mona Lisa is one of those commissions, but has gained a much larger reputation than simply a portrait. There are many rumors about the Mona Lisa, for instance, that Da Vinci created multiple copies or that the existing copy has been altered due to discrepancies between the current versions and much earlier representations of it. In addition to his strictly artistic and religious paintings, there are also extensive records of Da Vinciís sketches for inventions and ideas because he was also an accomplished scientist and inventor who was particularly fascinated with the idea of flight and the composition of the human body.