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Leda and the Swan (after Leonardo)

The true genesis of both the Leda and the Saint Anne lies in Leonardo’s fascination with the enigma of human

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The Trinity of Saint Anne

Leonardo’s meditation on the mystery of motherhood would become the principal theme of his art in the last 10 years

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Anatomical study of a woman

Leonardo would produce some two hundred detailed anatomical studies, based on the autopsies of some thirty cadavers. All but a

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Isleworth Mona Lisa (Geneva), detail of the dress

“He wasted a lot of time drawing knots of cords in an intricate pattern, in such a way that the

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Isleworth Mona Lisa (Geneva)

Given the obvious care with which Leonardo depicted them, do the hands carry an allegorical meaning? Are they placed in

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Vitruvian Man, ca. 1490

Leonardo was firmly convinced, like Pacioli and ancient authors before him, that nature corresponds to a fundamental set of laws,

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Lady with an Ermine

Leonardo’s portraiture is marked by a truly revolutionary work, the portrait of a Lady with an Ermine. Of Leonardo’s key

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The Ginevra portrait

The Ginevra portrait is Leonardo’s first serious attempt to solve the essential problem of portraiture: how to capture the character,

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Masaccio, The Tribute Money

Despite his tragically short career—he died in 1428 at age 27— Masaccio would have a lasting influence on Michelangelo’s Sistine

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Portrait of Isabella d’Este

Even as the century progressed, the profile portrait remained the preferred format among the upper classes because of its obvious

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