Paintings in the 1490s
by LEONARDO da Vinci

Leonardo's main artistic undertakings in Milan were a project for a huge equestrian statue to Ludovico Sforza's father, and the wall-painting of the Last Supper in the refectory of Santa Maria delle Grazie. The fresco method of mural painting was not flexible or subtle enough for the slow-working Leonardo, so he adopted an experimental technique that quickly caused the picture to deteriorate disastrously. It has been many times restored, but although it is only a shadow of Leonardo's original creation it still retains some of the immense authority that has made it the most revered painting in the world.

Preview Picture Data Info
Portrait of a Musician
1490
Oil on panel, 43 x 31 cm
Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, Milan


La belle Ferronière
c. 1490
Oil on panel, 63 x 45 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris


Madonna Litta
c. 1490-91
Tempera on canvas, transferred from panel, 42 x 33 cm
The Hermitage, St. Petersburg


Madonna Litta (detail)
c. 1490-91
Tempera on canvas, transferred from panel
The Hermitage, St. Petersburg


The Refectory with the Last Supper after restoration
1498
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Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie, Milan


The Last Supper
1498
Mixed technique, 460 x 880 cm
Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie, Milan


The Last Supper
1498
Mixed technique, 460 x 880 cm
Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie, Milan


The Last Supper
1498
Mixed technique, 460 x 880 cm
Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie, Milan


The Last Supper (detail)
1498
Mixed technique
Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie, Milan


Ceiling decoration
1496-98
Fresco and tempera
Sala delle Asse, Castello Sforzesco, Milan


Ceiling decoration
1496-98
Fresco and tempera
Sala delle Asse, Castello Sforzesco, Milan



Summary of works by Leonardo
Paintings
early work | in the 1480s | in the 1490s | late work | copies
Studies to paintings
Battle of Anghiari | studies (1) | studies (2) | heads | various
Other studies
anatomy | nature | engineering | maps | architecture | sculpture



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