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What did Leonardo da Vinci do?

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Leonardo da Vinci was best known for his paintings, drawings and technological designs. In addition to these he also worked as an architect and engineer and was reportedly a skilled musician.

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Leonardo's first major work in painting was "The Baptism of the Christ," which was a collaboration with his master Verrocchio. He may have also served as the model for Verrocchio's statue of David and the Archangel Raphael in the painting "Tobias and the Angel." His earliest known dated work of his own was a pen and ink drawing of the Arno Valley from 1473. His most famous paintings were "St. Jerome in the Wilderness," "Adoration of the Magi," "Virgin of the Rocks," "The Last Supper," "Mona Lisa" and "Virgin and Child with St. Anne."

Leonardo's "Virtruvian Man" has become one of the most famous sketches of the human body. Some sketches from his journals done in preparation of painting his greatest works have also become famous in their own right. Famous sketches of inventions include flying machines and engineering projects.

In addition to being commissioned for painting, Leonardo also worked as an engineer and architect throughout his life. Among his most prominent clients were Ludovico Sforza, the Duke of Milan, and King Francis I of France.

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