While Leonardo was working on The Last Supper, the famous mathematician Fra Luca Pacioli came to stay in Milan. As an illegitimate child, Leonardo had been denied secondary education, and thus could not perform even simple algebra. However, he had always had an interest in numbers and math, and he eagerly learned from Pacioli; Pacioli for his part must have shared a mutual awe for his pupil: Leonardo was already the author of so many designs and discoveries. The two even collaborated on a book, De divina proportione, Leonardo supplying the illustrations. Also at this time, Leonardo decorated the La Sala delle Asse. In 1499, the political situation in Milan took a turn for the worse. The French began an invasion of Lombardy, and Sforza promptly fled to Germany. When the French conquered the city, Leonardo and Pacioli left together for Mantua. Sforza would
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This note was uploaded on 12/13/2011 for the course ART 2313 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '10 term at Texas State.