Intellectual Life of the Painters of the Early Renaissance

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Similarly Leonardo da Vinci was gifted in mathematics, as Vasari tells us, he “began to learn arithmetic and after a few months he had made such progress that he used to baffle his master with questions and problems that he raised.”# Even Leonardo did not have knowledge of Latin. The study of Latin was not part of the abacus school curriculum...
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The study of Latin was not part of the abacus school curriculum. When Pietro Lorenzetti needed a text of the life of St Savinus for his alter piece in Siena Cathedral; he paid a grammar school teacher to translate the text from Latin for him. Proficiency in Latin was a prerequisite to be considered a literate man in higher social circles...
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