East Wing - Leonardo
This area contains traditional oil paintings by Leonardo da Vinci. Larger
views are available by clicking on the "postage stamp" images.
Angels and Landscape of the Baptism of Christ
When Leonardo worked under Verrocchio he participated in many works including
this painting of two angels. Leonardo painted the angel on the left, which
differs stylistically from its companion on the right.
Detail from the Annuciation
Painted for the convent of San Bartolomeo di Moneoliveto between 1475 and
Adoration of the Magi
This incomplete painting was abandoned when Leonardo went to Milan. Still,
it is easy to visualize the intended image from the brown tones and
Rome, Vatican Museum
Another unfinished work, from around 1482. It was found in a junk shop in
Rome in 1820 by Cardinal Fesch. There is much in common with the style of
Leonardo's anatomical sketches.
The Virgin of the Rocks
Paris, Musee du Louvre
This painting was done during Leonardo's first years in Milan.
The Virgin and Child with St. Anne
Paris, Musee du Louvre
Leonardo was commissioned to do this work for the church at St. Annunziata
in Florence. In 1501 the design which served as a basis for this painting
was displayed to the public, with an enthusiastic response.
Virgin with St. Anne, the Child and St. John
London, National Gallery
This image was part of the preparation for "The Virgin and Child with St.
Mona Lisa (1503)
The exact identity of the model for this painting is not known, but it is
traditionally identified as the portrait of Monna Lisa del Giocondo that was
mentioned by Vasari, and begun in Florence around the year 1503. Leonardo
never consigned the work, which he kept as one of his most cherished
The Last Supper (1497)
Milan, Refectory of S. Maria delle Grazie
Here Christ is surrounded by the Apostles, in Leonardo's most famous
religious painting. Serious deterioration due to humidity resulted in the
caused the owners to have it restored several times.
Baptism of Christ (1470)
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence
Leonardo worked with Andrea Verrrocchio's workshop, which produced this well
known painting, originally commissioned for the monastic church of S. Salvi
outside Florence. It is considered unfinished. Vasari (a renaissance
historian) says that "Leonardo painted an angel holding some clothes and,
although quite young, he made it far better than the figures of Andrea
[Verrocchio]. The latter would never afterwards touch colors, chagrined
that a child should know more than he."
The Benois Madonna (1480)
The Hermitage, St. Petersburg
This product of Leonardo's early Florentine period shows a very common theme;
Leonardo produced others that are nearly identical.
Virgin and Child with Vase of Flowers(1478?)
Munich, Alte Pinakothek
This painting shows the subtleties in light that Leonardo was known for;
along with an imaginative background.
Virgin and Child
Another familiar theme in Leonardo's work.
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