Title page from Giorgio Vasari, Le Vite de più eccellenti architetti, pittori, et scultori . . . (Lives of the Most Excellent Architects, Painters, and Sculptors . . . ) Published Florence, 1550 Library, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, David K. E.
In 1472 Leonardo was accepted into the painters’ guild of Florence, but he remained in his teacher’s workshop for five more years, after which time he worked independently in Florence until 1481.