Leonardo da Vinci was a highly talented painter from the Italian Renaissance which spread across the 15th to 17th centuries. Da Vinci paintings are some of the best known of any artist in history, and this website outlines the very best of them, with photos and discussion included on each. Davincipaintings.org includes both Da Vinci sketches and paintings as his most famous art works are a combination of these two art mediums, both of which he excelled at.
The most famous Da Vinci paintings would be The Mona Lisa and The Last Supper whilst his sketches of Female Head and Vitruvian Man are also crucial elements within the development of European art since the Middle Ages, with Da Vinci and counterpart Michelangelo being two key contributors in the rise of the Renaissance which led to all the contemporary styles of art that we enjoy today.
Da Vinci paintings feature the extraordinary Mona Lisa which featured Lisa Gioconda from a wealthy family with interests at that time in both Florence and Venice. The ambigious facial expressions in this portrait have left many intrigued by this painting and it's own fame and long surpassed the quality of the work, becoming perhaps the best known and most recognisable oil painting in art history. Leonardo da Vinci became obsessed with this painting like no other in his career, constantly tweaking and amending it for nearly ten years - clearly a sign of it's personal importance to the artist.
Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa has been subjected to unparalleled study and research, with many topics included such as Lisa Gioconda and her life plus the technical aspects of the painting itself, plus even some discussion on whether an old painting sits behind this final completed piece. It seems probable that future years will bring more research again, and probably still no definitive conclusions with such a long time having passed since the painting's original inception making most theories impossible to prove.
Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci
Last Supper is the rest religious scene to have come from Da Vinci, at a time when religious paintings dominated the art market, with so many institutions able to finance large commissions, using only the finest painters in their area of Italy. The Last Supper famously features Jesus Christ at this momentous moment in his life and Christianity religion places great importance on this moment. The original work by Da Vinci has unfortunately been damaged over the years, but considerable work has gone into restoring it to it's former glories and that has now been completed. Many now take the opportunity to view it in person and it is another great reason to visit Italy.
The Last Supper is popular as a reproduction for those who cannot get the chance to see it in person, with some preferring the original version and others choosing the aged look. Both normally come as framed art prints which gives a professional finish which matches the style of Renaissance art. Posters and stretched canvases also can serve as decent alternatives, too. Books on Da Vinci have also proved highly popular for those studying the different periods of art history. Some new books offer exceptionally detailed reproduction imagery of the original paintings which are actually more helpful than seeing the original for a great distance.
Female Head by Leonardo da Vinci
Female Head is the best known drawing from Da Vinci, who is also well respected as an artist for his illustrative pencil drawings as well as his grand oil paintings. The sketches served as a set of study pieces for later paintings but reached an impressive level in their own right and many prefer these instead, offering the raw drawing skills of Leonardo for all to see. Many exhibitions have been made of just his drawings alone, with his study of the different parts of the body being something which was of particular interest to him.
The different drawings from the career of Da Vinci tend to fit into two different categories, namely styled portraits as found here and also with Bearded Man, and the other type were the plans for inventions that Da Vinci came up with at other times in his career. Many of these imaginary inventions were very low-level sketches that seemed impossible at the time, but many have since gone onto become real products in following centuries. Female Head as seen above is actually his finest of all portrait sketches and remains his most popular art work as a reproduction, which is a considerable achievement when considering the breadth and quality found with in his career.
Vitruvian Man by Leonardo da Vinci
Vitruvian Man is another instantly recognisable drawing which became used in the title scene of BBC TV series, Panorama. It is similarly accurate and detailed as with all of his other articulate pencil drawings and also ranks amongst his most respected pieces of art work. Da Vinci and fellow Renaissance spearhead, Michelangelo, were both exceptionally driven to learn more about the human body and how best to accurately recreate them within their own art. The limbs were particularly difficult to accurately resemble and these were covered again and again by these artists in their study practice pieces.
Flying Machine by Leonardo da Vinci
Flying Machine above is an inspired sketch by Leonardo da Vinci and shows off both his skills as an inventor and as a sketcher. It came many centuries before the inception of helicopters and aeroplanes and shows incredible fore-thought, with the genius of Da Vinci many years ahead of the development of man, with everyone else needing some time to catch up.
Giant Catapult by Leonardo da Vinci
St John the Baptist by Leonardo da Vinci
St John the Baptist
Bearded Man by Leonardo da Vinci
Da Vinci drawings
La Gioconda by Leonardo da Vinci
Leonardo da Vinci has a long list of drawings and paintings to have come from his considerable career, and we include a short summarised list of the best below.
Besides the art works listed above, Leonardo was someone who was far more diverse than almost any human ever, and always managed to enter new fields with a likelyhood to succeed. We include a list below of the major areas in which his career was based.
Annunciation painting by Leonardo da Vinci
Virgin of the Rocks by Leonardo da Vinci
Sketches by Leonardo da Vinci
Dragon and Lion by Leonardo da Vinci
Portrait painting by Leonardo da Vinci
Tapestry by Leonardo da Vinci
Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci
Vitruvian Man by Leonardo da Vinci
Study Artwork by Leonardo da Vinci
Ginevra De'Benci by Leonardo da Vinci
Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci
Mona Lisa Smile by Leonardo da Vinci
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