Leonardo
da Vinci

1452 - 1519

 
 
     
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     CONTENTS:
 
   
     1452-1481 Leonardo in the Florence of the Medici    
     1482-1499 At the court of Ludovico il Moro    
     1500-1508 The return to Florence    
     1508-1513 The Milan of Charles d'Amboise    
     1513-1519 The last years: Rome and France    
         
 
 

                  

 


Leonardo da Vinci
Self-Portrait
c. 1512

   

     



1500-1508


The return to Florence
               

 

 

 


The lost Leda
 

 

All traces of Leda, a pagan image to the generating power of nature, were lost in the 17th century; among the many copies and versions, the most faithful is thought to be that of Cesare da Sesto (after 1515), now in Salisbury.

   

Cesare da Sesto
(b. 1477, Sesto Calende, d. 1523, Milano)

Leda and the Swan
1505-10
Wilton House, Salisbury

 


 



Leonardo da Vinci,
Head of Leda and Studies of Coiffure,
Royal Library, Windsor.
Leonardo returned repeatedly in his artistic and scientific works to the theme of the knot, the plait,
and the vortex, as derived from Verrocchio. A pattern of spiralling motion, evident as well in the elaborate hairstyle, provides a unifying element to the figures of the woman and the swan, as well as to the botanical details of the background.

         


Leonardo da Vinci, Head of a Girl, 1506-08, Pinacoteca Nazionale, Parma.
The painting is thought by some to be associated with Leda, and believed by others to be a Madonna. At the end of the 19th century Leonardo's authorship was rejected by those who saw in it the hand of a Neoclassical painter.

 

                    

Leonardo da Vinci, The Kneeling Leda, Devonshire Collections, Chatsworth.
This study may have preceded the final working of the Standing Leda. However, the poses of the children at the woman's feet indicate associations with the classical group of the Nile, discovered in 1512.


 

 
                   


Leonardo da Vinci, Study for a kneeling Leda
1503-07
Black chalk, pen and ink on paper, 126 x 109 cm
Museum Boymans-van Beuningen, Rotterdam

          


Leonardo da Vinci
, Studies of Leda and a horse
1503-07
Black chalk, brush and ink on paper
Royal Library, Windsor

            


Raphael, Leda, 1505-06, Royal Library, Windsor.
Raphael would also borrow and develop this Leonardesque idea in the Galatea.
 

 
 
 
Copies and workshop works
by the workshop and followers of Leonardo da Vinci
             
 

Leda
1508-15
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

   
 

Leda
1510-15
Galleria Borghese, Rome

 

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