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Leonardo DiCaprio was named after a Leonardo Da Vinci painting his mother was looking at in a museum when he first kicked​

Key Points:

  • Leonardo DiCaprio was named after the Renaissance polymath Leonardo da Vinci by his mother.
  • She chose the name when she felt DiCaprio kick for the first time while viewing a da Vinci painting at the Uffizi Gallery in Italy.
  • DiCaprio is set to portray the life of the artist he was named after in an upcoming biopic based on Walter Isaacson’s biography.

In a remarkable twist of fate, Leonardo DiCaprio, one of Hollywood’s most acclaimed actors, shares a special connection with the renowned Renaissance artist he is set to portray on the big screen. DiCaprio’s name itself holds a fascinating story his mother bestowed upon him the name “Leonardo” after feeling him kick for the first time while admiring a painting by the legendary Leonardo da Vinci.

The Serendipitous Naming of Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonardo DiCaprio via Oscar
Leonardo DiCaprio via Oscar

According to Appolo Magazine, DiCaprio’s mother, while pregnant, was visiting the Uffizi Gallery in Italy when she felt her unborn child kick for the first time. At that very moment, she was gazing upon a masterpiece by the celebrated artist Leonardo da Vinci. Inspired by this serendipitous experience, she decided to name her son after the Renaissance genius.

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In a fitting turn of events, DiCaprio has been cast to play the role of Leonardo da Vinci in an upcoming biopic based on Walter Isaacson’s highly anticipated biography of the artist. With his name inextricably linked to the polymath he will be portraying, DiCaprio’s performance promises to be a compelling exploration of da Vinci’s life and legacy.

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