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Thursday, 30 June, 2016

Set in 15th century Italy, Da Vinci Diamonds is based on the life and work of the famous painter and engineer, Leonardo Da Vinci. Match paintings, gems and wildcards to win big cash prizes.

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History of Da Vinci

Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci, more widely known as Leonardo da Vinci or Da Vinci, was an Italian engineer and painter, who is also remembered for his knowledge for the sciences. Considered the greatest painter of all time, da Vinci has been called the father of palaeontology, ichnology and architecture. He is sometimes credited with the conception of such modern items as the parachute, the helicopter and the tank.

Da Vinci was born on the 15th of April, 1452 at ‘the third hour of the night’ in Vinci, Republic of Florence. He was born out of wedlock and spent the first 5 years of his life living with his mother in the hamlet of Anchiano. From 1457, he lived in the house of his father, grandparents and uncle. As a child, da Vinci had informal teachings of Latin, geometry and mathematics. He was noticed by a fine painter known as Verrocchio, who owned a workshop widely considered to be one of the greatest in the western world. Verrocchio took on the young Leonardo as an apprentice, where he would not only learn a great deal of theory, but a lot of practical techniques such as drafting, plaster casting and leather working. In January 1478, Da Vinci received his first two independent paint jobs, including the painting of The Chapel of St. Bernard in the Palazzo Vecchio and in March of 1481, the Adoration of the Magi, which he painted for Monks of San Donato a Scopeto. Neither of these paintings got completed, one of them was interrupted when Leonardo re-located to Milan.

After moving to Milan, da Vinci did several commissions for the family of Sforza, where he also worked as a sculptor, engineer, painter and architect. From 1495 to 1497, he created one of his most famous works, the painting of The Last Supper, which is a depiction of Jesus and his twelve disciples at the aforementioned supper. Leonardo stayed in Milan until the French invaded the country during the first Italian war, forcing the Sforza family to flee. This happened in 1499 and there are some rumours that da Vinci may have visited Venice in this time. After a short period, he returned to his birth place, Florence. Whilst in Florence, he created several paintings, the most famous being the Mona Lisa, painted between 1503 to 1506. This painting is one of the few that has survived the tests of time and is currently on display at the Louvre, in Paris. Da Vinci then travelled back to Milan in 1506 and stayed there until 1513, he then spent three years in Rome. In 1517, da Vinci moved to the Chateau of Cloux, near Amboise in France, after being invited by the French King, Francis the first.

On the 2nd of May 1519, aged 67, Leonardo da Vinci passed away at Clos Lucé. Francis I had become a close friend. Vasari, a 16th century biographer, records that the king held da Vinci’s head in his arms as he died, although this story may be legend rather than fact. Vasari states that in his last days, Leonardo sent for a priest to make his confession and to receive the Holy Sacrament. In accordance with his will, sixty beggars followed his casket. Count Francesco Melzi, his friend and apprentice, was the principal heir and executor, receiving, as well as money, da Vinci’s paintings, tools, library and personal effects. Da Vinci also remembered his other long-time pupil and companion, Andrea Salai and his servant Battista di Vilussis, who each received half of his vineyards. His brothers received land, and his serving woman received a black cloak “of good stuff” with a fur edge.

Leonardo da Vinci was buried in the Chapel of Saint-Hubert in Château d’Amboise, in France but the chapel was destroyed during the French revolution. It is believed his remains were reburied in the castle’s smaller chapel of Saint-Hubert at some point during the 19th century, however a plaque above his grave warns that it is only the ‘presumed’ location of his body.

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