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Description: Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 89. Chapters: Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Jan van Eyck, Sandro Botticelli, Fra Angelico, Caravaggio, Fra Bartolomeo, El Greco, Titian, Peter Paul Rubens, Tintoretto, Geertgen tot Sint Jans, Filippo Lippi, Kiko Arguello, Giovanni Battista Gaulli, Matthias Grunewald, Bartolome Esteban Murillo, Edith Pfau, Ignac Raab, Cherubino Alberti, Antonio Moscheni, Matteo Perez d'Aleccio, Mary Stanisia, Gregorio Vasquez de Arce y Ceballos, Ivan Ranger, Franz Ittenbach, Fra Diamante, Francisco Ribalta, Jean Denis Attiret, Jaume Busquets, Master of Saint Francis, Giovanni Niccolo. Excerpt: Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci (.)) (April 15, 1452 - May 2, 1519) was an Italian Renaissance polymath: painter, sculptor, architect, musician, scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist and writer. Leonardo has often been described as the archetype of the Renaissance Man, a man of "unquenchable curiosity" and "feverishly inventive imagination." He is widely considered to be one of the greatest painters of all time and perhaps the most diversely talented person ever to have lived. According to art historian Helen Gardner, the scope and depth of his interests were without precedent and "his mind and personality seem to us superhuman, the man himself mysterious and remote." Marco Rosci points out, however, that while there is much speculation about Leonardo, his vision of the world is essentially logical rather than mysterious, and that the empirical methods he employed were unusual for his time. Born out of wedlock to a notary, Piero da Vinci, and a peasant woman, Caterina, at Vinci in the region of Florence, Leonardo was educated in the studio of the renowned Florentine painter, Verrocchio. Much of his earlier working life was spent in the service of Ludovico il Moro in Milan. He later worked in Rom...