Extensive research, published in the journal Human evolution, documents the continuous male line, from father to son, of the Da Vinci family (later Vinci), from the progenitor Michele (born 1331), his grandson Leonardo (1452) to the present day.
In total there are 21 generations, including five family branches.
This work, carried out by researchers Alessandro Vezzosi and Agnese Sabato, corrects errors in previous genealogical research on the family of the genius inventor, while offering new discoveries and updates on his family tree.
Leonardo Da Vinci had no children, but he did have 22 half-siblings born out of wedlock. This tree spans five generations and more than 690 years of history.
The team managed to document a continuous male streak that spans 21 generations and currently comprises 14 grandchildren; the youngest is only one year old. Of the fourteen, only one was previously known to researchers.
“From one to 85 years old, they do not live in Vinci, but in neighboring municipalities such as Versilia (on the Tuscan coast) and have regular jobs as clerks, surveyors or craftsmen,” the authors explain.
“This work is a synthesis of decades-long research aimed at reconstructing the complete and up-to-date genealogy of the Da Vinci family.”
According to the team in charge, the comparison of biological data could help to verify the authenticity of the works of art and materials handled by Leonardo; in addition to providing information on the geographical origins of their parents, their physical dexterity, diet, health, premature aging and any inherited diseases.