Leonardo da Vinci, ‘Portrait of a Lady’, ca. 1500, Kings Wood Art

We have one Masterpiece from Leonardo da Vinci available for private sale only.

1949 Leonardo da Vinci Loan Exhibition, Los Angeles County Museum, 1949, no. 17, as Profile of Beatrice D'Este by Leonardo da Vinci.

Count of Castel-Pizzuto, Milan. (E. & C. Canessa, Naples). (Duveen Brothers, Inc., London and New York); sold 1916 to William Salomon [1852-1919], New York, as by Bernardino de'Conti. (Duveen Brothers, Inc., London and New York), before 1930; sold October 1947 to the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, New York;[1] gift 1952 to NGA.

[1] The bill of sale between Duveen Brothers and the Kress Foundation, and the Duveen Brothers letter confirming the sale that includes NGA 1952.5.66, are dated 31 October 1947; the painting is identified as Beatrice D'Este, Duchess of Milan by Leonardo da Vinci (copies in NGA curatorial files from Kress Foundation files, and Box 475, Folder 5, Duveen Brothers Records, accession 960015, Research Library, The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles).

About Leonardo da Vinci

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.”

Italian, 1452-1519, Anchiano, Italy, based in Clos Lucé, Amboise, France