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Statue of Leonardo da Vinci in Uffizi Gallery, Florence.

Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1564), born in a small village in the hills outside Florence, a consummate genius and one of the greatest inventors the world has ever produced, but one who left only three works in Florence, all of them in the Uffizi. Leonardo painted the angle on the left of Verrocchio's "Baptism of Christ" (about 1475). Verrocchio, who was Leonardo's teacher, confessed he could never paint anything as beautiful. Looking at his own inferior angel - with its bony head and short hair - you can understand his lament.

Last Revised October 10, 2007

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