Leonardo da Vinci's Paintings

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Leonardo da Vinci's Paintings

Tempera- pigments are diluted with water and egg yolk and paint dries quickly.Oil- pigments are diluted with raw linseed oil, and paint dries slowly.

Leonardo da Vinci's Paintings

Leonardo's first accomplishment was the background and the angel on the left in Verrochio's The Baptism of Christ. It is said that da Vinci's superior skill on this painting was the reason Verrochio gave up painting.

Works CitedCloud Biography. Leonardo da Vinci Bibliography. YouTube. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Jan. 2015. .Da Vinci, Leonardo. Annunciation. c. 1472. Oil and tempera on panel. Uffizi, Florence.- - -. Mona Lisa. c. 1519. Oil on poplar wood. Musée du Louvre, Paris.- - -. The Virgin of the Rocks. 16th Century. Oil on panel. Musée du Louvre, Paris.Del Verrochio, Andrea, and Leonardo Da Vinci. The Baptism of Christ. c. 1472. Oil on wood. Uffizi, Florence.Earls, Irene. Artists of the Renaissance. Westport: Greenwood, 2004. Print.Gowing, Lawrence, Sir. "Leonardo da Vinci." Biographical Encyclopedia of Artists. Vol. 2. New York: Facts on File, 2005. N. pag. Ancient and Medieval History Online. Web. 8 Jan. 2015. ."Mona Lisa." LairWeb. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Jan. 2015. .Romei, Francesca, et al. Leonardo Da Vinci: Artist, Inventor, and Scientist of the Renaissance. New York: P. Bedrick, 1994. Print.

The Annunciation is an oil and tempera painting on a wooden panel. It was probably painted between 1470 and 1471.

The Mona Lisa is an oil painting on a wooden panel and is the world's most famous painting.


Sfumato is an effect used in the Virgin of the Rocks that gives the painting a smoky appearance by blending one color area subtly into the next.

The Virgin of the Rocks is an oil painting on a wooden panel.

Fun Fact: Leonardo was left-handed.

This painting is subdivided into several parts in which Leonardo arranged the various elements of the painting. The empty areas of landscape in the background alternate with the figures in the foreground, giving the painting a sense of rhythm and balance.

This painting has two different light sources because a single light source creates over-sharp contrasts, and Leonardo wished to achieve a "sfumato" effect.


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