father: Ser Piero, a wealthy notary, living in Vinci, Leonardo da Vinci=Leonardo of Vinci
mother: Caterina, one of Piero's servants
first five years with his mother, then with his father because his mother married someone else
made by hand; copied on sheep skin
never had a proper education
try to understand why he had been abandoned
watching local artists painting
a bird waking him in his bed
taking an interest in everything
during renaissance, Science and art flourished.
With slight strokes, take a note in a little book which you should always carry with you.
painting a Medusa head, collecting various insects, concentrating on his painting