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 first, like any apprentice, he would have had to perform simple chores, almost as a servant would. Later he would have learned to prepare pigments and canvases; then he would have drawn studies of Verrocchio's works and other models. 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
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