365 Days of Art: October 2 – Leonardo Appointed Engineer by Duke of Milan

Portrait of a Man in Red Chalk (believed to be self-portrait), Leonardo da Vinci, c. 1510-1515

Portrait of a Man in Red Chalk (believed to be self-portrait), Leonardo da Vinci, c. 1510-1515

October 2, 1498

Leonardo is appointed ingegnere camerale by the Duke of Milan. This is an engineering position, and allows him to put his knowledge of structures and love of machines to work by acting as a consultant on the fortifications during this time of continual war.