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© 2007 Musée du Louvre / Angèle Dequier

Leonardo da Vinci is one of the foremost artists in the history of Western art, famed for painting the Mona Lisa (ca. 1503-6), and for his meticulous, dynamic drawings of various mechanical devices, animals, and imagined machines, as well as his portraits and writings on art and science. A founding father of the High Renaissance style, he is admired for his virtuosity as a painter and draughtsman in the handling of space, depiction of light and shadow, and expert use of sfumato, in which tones and colors shade gradually into one, producing softened outlines. Although few works seem to have been finished, and even fewer survive, Leonardo’s writings and sketchbooks offer glimpses into the life of an ingenious polymath. “Painting,” he wrote, “is poetry that is seen rather than felt.”

Collected by major museums
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Musée du Louvre, J. Paul Getty Museum
Selected exhibitions
2019
The Renaissance NudeRoyal Academy of Arts
Leonardo da VinciRoyal Collection Trust
2018
Leonardo: Discoveries from Verrocchio’s StudioYale University Art Gallery
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Épouse de Francesco del Giocondo, dite Mona Lisa, ou la Joconde (Wife of Francesco del Giocondo, called Mona Lisa, or la Joconde), 1503-1506

30 3/10 × 20 9/10 in
77 × 53 cm
Permanent collection
Location
Paris
Medium
Image rights
© 2007 Musée du Louvre / Angèle Dequier

Leonardo da Vinci is one of the foremost artists in the history of Western art, famed for painting the Mona Lisa (ca. 1503-6), and for his meticulous, dynamic drawings of various mechanical devices, animals, and imagined machines, as well as his portraits and writings on art and science. A founding father of the High Renaissance style, he is admired for his virtuosity as a painter and draughtsman in the handling of space, depiction of light and shadow, and expert use of sfumato, in which tones and colors shade gradually into one, producing softened outlines. Although few works seem to have been finished, and even fewer survive, Leonardo’s writings and sketchbooks offer glimpses into the life of an ingenious polymath. “Painting,” he wrote, “is poetry that is seen rather than felt.”

Collected by major museums
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Musée du Louvre, J. Paul Getty Museum
Selected exhibitions (3)
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