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Unformatted text preview: During Leonardo's youth, Florence was going through a golden age. The boy probably spent a great deal of time in society. Lorenzo de Medici, ruler of Florence, liked to hold frequent public festivals, and Leonardo no doubt attended these, delightedly beholding their extravagant splendor. Leonardo's earliest known drawing dates from a feast day. It is a landscape; he must have been wandering the countryside while the city was in noisy celebration. The picture stands out in its attention to geologic and botanic detail. Much of Leonardo's other early work is collaborative in nature: during the Renaissance, paintings were usually done by groups of artists, directed by a master. Leonardo's first known contribution to one his master's works was in Verrocchio's Baptism of Christ. Almost all critics agree that Leonardo painted the leftmost angel. Its face and hair have Almost all critics agree that Leonardo painted the leftmost angel....
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