As a boy, Leonardo was apparently an avid artist. His father, Ser Piero, must have recognized his talents, for he soon apprenticed him to a studio. Since many career paths were closed to the illegitimate child, perhaps art was an obvious choice for such a skilled child: an eventual career as a court artist was the most honorable career a bastard could hope for. Because many of Ser Piero's clients belonged to the clergy, he probably had a good idea of the art market; he took his boy to one of the two most respected workshops in the city, that of Andrea del Verrocchio.Verrocchio had studied under the great artist Donatello, and he served as official sculptor to the ruling Medici family. He was not only a skilled artist but a skilled teacher, and Leonardo received training in all artistic genres, except for large wall murals and frescoes. Leonardo first went to study under Verrocchio in 1467, when he was fifteen. At
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