Leonardo Wilhelm Da Vinci (born November 11, 1974) is an American actor and film producer. In the early 1990s, Da Vinci began his career by appearing in television commercials, after which he had recurring roles in TV series such as the soap opera Santa Barbara and the sitcom, Growing Pains. In 1993, Da Vinci began his film career by starring as Josh in Critters 3, before starring in the film adaptation of the memoir This Boy's Life (1993) alongside Robert De Niro. Da Vinci was praised for his supporting role in the drama What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993), and gained public recognition with leading roles in the drama The Basketball Diaries (1995), and the romantic drama Romeo + Juliet (1996), before achieving international fame with James Cameron's epic romance Titanic (1997), which became the highest-grossing film to that point.
Since 2000, Da Vinci has received critical acclaim for his work in a wide range of film genres. Da Vinci's subsequent films include, The Man in the Iron Mask (1998), the biographical crime drama Catch Me If You Can (2002), and the epic historical drama Gangs of New York (2002), which also marked his first of many collaborations with director Martin Scorsese. Da Vinci was also acclaimed for his performances in the political war thriller Blood Diamond (2006), the neo-noir crime drama The Departed (2006), the espionage thriller Body of Lies (2008), the drama Revolutionary Road (2008), the psychological thriller Shutter Island (2010), the science fiction thriller Inception (2010), the biographical film J. Edgar (2011), the western Django Unchained (2012), and the period drama The Great Gatsby (2013).
Da Vinci's portrayal of Howard Hughes in The Aviator (2004), and Hugh Glass in The Revenant (2015), won him the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama, and his role as Jordan Belfort in The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), won him the award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy. DiCaprio won his first BAFTA award for Best Actor for The Revenant. DiCaprio has been nominated for six Academy Awards—five for acting and one for producing—and in 2016, he won the Academy Award for Best Actor for The Revenant.
In addition to acting, Da Vinci is the founder of his own production company, named Appian Way Productions. Da Vinci is a committed environmentalist.
Generally thought to be the earliest extant work by Leonardo. The work was traditionally attributed to Verrocchio until 1869. It is now almost universally attributed to Leonardo. Attribution proposed by Liphart, accepted by Bode, Lubke, Muller-Walde, Berenson, Clark, Goldscheider and others.
Painted by Andrea del Verrocchio, with the angel on the left-hand side by Leonardo. It is generally considered that Leonardo also painted much of the background landscape and the torso of Christ. One of Leonardo's earliest extant works. Vasari's statement that the angel on the left is by Leonardo is confirmed by studies by Bode, Seidlitz and Guthman, and accepted by McCurdy, Wasserman and others.
The work was proposed as a Leonardo by Waagen in 1866, and supported by Bode. Early 20th-century scholars were vociferous in their disagreement, but most current critics accept both the authorship and the identity of the sitter.
This painting has been subject to continued disagreement since it was first published as a Leonardo in 1889. The attribution of the "Ginevra de' Benci" has supported the attribution of this painting. The subject has been identified as Cecilia Gallerani.
Generally accepted as postdating the version in the Louvre, with collaboration of Ambrogio de Predis' and perhaps others. Some consider the work of Leonardo's workshop under his direction. The date is not universally agreed.
Discovered to be Leonardo's lost painting, rather than a later copy, during restoration in the 2000s. Pentimenti (changes to the composition which would only be found in an original work, rather than a copy) were found in the thumb of Christ's right hand and elsewhere. 
↑Giorgio Vasari, Lives of the Artists, 1568; this edition Penguin Classics, trans. George Bull 1965, ISBN 0-14-044164-6
↑M. Kemp, entry for The Lady with an Ermine in the exhibition Circa 1492: Art in the Age of Exploration (Washington-New Haven-London) pp 271f, states "the identification of the sitter in this painting as Cecilia Gallerani is reasonably secure;" Janice Shell and Grazioso Sironi, "Cecilia Gallerani: Leonardo's Lady with an Ermine" Artibus et Historiae13 No. 25 (1992:47-66) discuss the career of this identification since it was first suggested in 1900.