Renaissance #178 (Leonardo 66) – King Francis

Renaissance #178 (Leonardo 66) – King Francis

Like most men who didn’t have a supportive father, Leonardo seems to have spent his adult life searching for a father figure. Someone who would love him and indulge him, support him, protect him. He’d had many candidates who he either failed or they failed him. Very late in life, he finally found the perfect father figure – 21 year-old King Francis I of France.

Renaissance #175 – The Mona Lisa (Leonardo 63)

Renaissance #175 – The Mona Lisa (Leonardo 63)

We finally get to the most famous painting in the world. He started it in Florence in 1503, and it was still in his studio when he died in 1519. Who was she? Why did he agree to paint her when he declined many other opportunities to pick up a brush? And why is it so famous?