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Leonardo Da Vinci Hand Painted Oil Paintings

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Adoration of the Magi
Annunciation detail1
Annunciation detail2
Annunciation detail3
Annunciation detail4
Baptism of Christ
Battle of Anghiari
Battle of Anghiari (Tavola Doria)
Ceiling decoration
Garment study for a seated figure
La belle Ferroniere
Last Supper (copy)
Leda 1508 15
Leda 1508 15 detail1
Leda 1510 15
Leda 1530
Leda and the Swan 1505 10
Madonna and Child with a Pomegranate
Madonna and Child with St Anne and the You
Madonna Litta
Madonna Litta detail 1
Madonna with flower
Madonna with the Yarnwinder 1501
Madonna with the Yarnwinder after 1510
Madonna with the Yarnwinder after 1510 detail
Mona Lisa
Mona Lisa detail 1
Mona Lisa detail 2
Mona Lisa detail 3
Portrait of a musician
Portrait of Cecilia Gallerani
Portrait of Cecilia Gallerani detail 1
Portrait of Ginevra Benci
Saint Jerome
St John in the Wilderness (Bacchus)
St John the Baptist
The Annunciation
The Last Supper
The Last Supper pre
The Madonna of the Carnation
The Madonna of the Carnation detail 1
The Madonna of the Carnation detail 2
The Virgin and Child with St Anne
The Virgin and Child with St Anne detail 1
The Virgin and Child with St Anne detail 2
Virgin and Child with John the Baptist and St Anne
Virgin of the Rocks london
Virgin of the Rocks paris
John Atkinson Grimshaw Oil Paintings
John Atkinson Grimshaw Oil Paintings
John Atkinson Grimshaw Oil Paintings
John Atkinson Grimshaw Oil Paintings
John Atkinson Grimshaw Oil Paintings
John Atkinson Grimshaw Oil Paintings

Biography of Leonardo Da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci was a Florentine artist, one of the great masters of the High Renaissance, who was also celebrated as a painter, sculptor, architect, engineer, and scientist. His innovations in the field of painting influenced the course of Italian art for more than a century after his death.

Leonardo was born on April 15, 1452, in the small Tuscan town of Vinci, near Florence. He was the son of a wealthy Florentine notary and a peasant woman. In the mid-1460s the family settled in Florence, where Leonardo was given the best education that Florence, the intellectual and artistic center of Italy, could offer. He rapidly advanced socially and intellectually. About 1466 he was apprenticed as a garzone (studio boy) to Andrea del Verrocchio. In Verrocchio's workshop Leonardo was introduced to many activities, from the painting of altarpieces and panel pictures to the creation of large sculptural projects in marble and bronze. In 1472 he was entered in the painter's guild of Florence, and in 1476 he is still mentioned as Verrocchio's assistant. In 1478 Leonardo became an independent master. His first commission, to paint an altarpiece for the chapel of the Palazzo Vecchio, the Florentine town hall, was never executed. His first large painting, The Adoration of the Magi (begun 1481, Galleria degli Uffizi), left unfinished, was ordered in 1481 for the Monastery of San Donato a Scopeto, Florence.

From 1495 to 1497 Leonardo labored on his masterpiece, The Last Supper, a mural in the refectory of the Monastery of Santa Maria delle Grazie, Milan. Unfortunately, his experimental use of oil on dry plaster (on what was the thin outer wall of a space designed for serving food) was technically unsound, and by 1500 its deterioration had begun. Since 1726 attempts have been made, unsuccessfully, to restore it; a concerted restoration and conservation program, making use of the latest technology, was begun in 1977 and is reversing some of the damage. Although much of the original surface is gone, the majesty of the composition and the penetrating characterization of the figures give a fleeting vision of its vanished splendor.

During this second Florentine period, Leonardo painted several portraits, but the only one that survives is the famous Mona Lisa. One of the most celebrated portraits ever painted, it is also known as La Gioconda, after the presumed name of the woman's husband. Leonardo seems to have had a special affection for the picture, for he took it with him on all of his subsequent travels.

In 1506 Leonardo went again to Milan, at the summons of its French governor, Charles d'Amboise. The following year he was named court painter to King Louis XII of France, who was then residing in Milan. For the next six years Leonardo divided his time between Milan and Florence, where he often visited his half brothers and half sisters and looked after his inheritance.

In 1516 he traveled to France to enter the service of King Francis I. He spent his last years at the Château de Cloux, near Amboise, where he died on May 2, 1519. Although Leonardo produced a relatively small number of paintings, many of which remained unfinished, he was nevertheless an extraordinarily innovative and influential artist. During his early years, his style closely paralleled that of Verrocchio, but he gradually moved away from his teacher's stiff, tight, and somewhat rigid treatment of figures to develop a more evocative and atmospheric handling of composition.

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