As democratic legislators across the country struggle to convince America that abortions are okay, art historians have just proven that no matter what, every baby’s life matters. New evidence shows that Leonardo Da Vinci’s mother was an orphan who ended up pregnant in a field. Despite it being the 15th century, she kept the baby against all odds.
Leonardo Da Vinci is the world’s most famous artist and scientist, with people traveling from all over the world to see his work even to this day.
Art historians have struggled to find out Da Vinci’s history, as the artist never talked about it.
The Daily Mail has more:
Art historians have long struggled to find out about the life of the artist’s mother with speculation that she was a slave from Africa or China but new research reveals the truth is closer to home.
According to a new book by Professor Martin Kemp, emeritus professor of art history at Oxford University local girl Caterina became pregnant with a 25-year-old lawyer called Ser Piero da Vinci who was working in Florence.
Dr Kemp said he was ‘a young man on the make’ who took a few weeks off in July 1451 when he met Caterina, writes The Times.
‘Nice summer’s evening probably in the fields — and that was it’, said Dr Kemp.
Caterina ‘was a peasant fallen on bad times, and you cannot be much lower in the social pile than that.
‘To be a 16-year-old with an illegitimate son and no house was about as bad as it gets’, he said.
Caterina’s father, Bartolomeo Lippi, disappeared when she was young.
She was brought up by her grandmother who then died in 1451 so she then moved in with her uncle and aunt.