Who were Leonardo da Vinci's parents?


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Leonardo da Vinci's father was Messer Piero Fruosino di Antonio da Vinci and his mother was a woman of Florence named Caterina. His father was a public official while his mother's identity is debated upon by scholars.

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Leonardo da Vinci's full name was Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci, which is translated as "Leonardo, son of Messer Piero from Vinci." His parents were not married. He was raised under the guardianship of his father, who was a notary. Growing up, da Vinci learned about science and art. His father arranged for him to be an apprentice to Andrea del Verrochio, an artist of Florence.

Scholars believe that da Vinci's mother, a peasant named Caterina, may have been a former Middle Eastern slave. There are also theories that she may have been from Azerbaijan.

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