Late paintings (1501-20)
by LEONARDO da Vinci

Between 1500, when he returned for a time to Florence, and 1516, when he left Italy for France, Leonardo's life was unsettled. In 1502-03 and in 1506-13 he was based in Milan, in 1513 he moved to Rome, but the artistic activity of his later years was chiefly centred in Florence in the years 1500-06. From this time dates his portrait of Mona Lisa, his most famous work, which is as well known for its mastery of technical innovations as for the mysteriousness of its legendary smiling subject. In Florence also Leonardo worked out variations on a theme that fascinated him at this time and presented a great challenge to his skill in composing closely knit groups of figures. This was the Virgin and Child with St Anne, known today mainly through a painting in the Louvre, Paris and the incomparably beautiful cartoon in the National Gallery, London.

Leonardo did little artistic work in the last decade of his life, the last paintings from his hand generally being accepted are two pictures of St John (one later converted into a Bacchus), both in the Louvre.

Preview Picture Data Info
Mona Lisa (La Gioconda)
c. 1503-5
Oil on panel, 77 x 53 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris


Mona Lisa (La Gioconda)
c. 1503-5
Oil on panel, 77 x 53 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris


Mona Lisa (detail)
1503-5
Oil on panel
Musée du Louvre, Paris


Mona Lisa (detail)
1503-5
Oil on panel
Musée du Louvre, Paris


Mona Lisa (detail)
1503-5
Oil on panel
Musée du Louvre, Paris


Female head (La Scapigliata)
c. 1508
Oil on panel, 27 x 21 cm
Galleria Nazionale, Parma


Madonna and Child with St Anne and the Young St John
1507-08
Charcoal with white chalk heightening on paper, 141,5 x 106 cm
National Gallery, London


Madonna and Child with St Anne and the Young St John (detail)
1507-08
Charcoal with white chalk heightening on paper
National Gallery, London


The Virgin and Child with St Anne
c. 1510
Oil on wood, 168 x 130 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris


The Virgin and Child with St Anne (detail)
c. 1510
Oil on wood
Musée du Louvre, Paris


The Virgin and Child with St Anne (detail)
c. 1510
Oil on wood, width of detail 40 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris


St John in the Wilderness (Bacchus)
1510-15
Oil on panel transferred to canvas, 177 x 115 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris


St John the Baptist
1513-16
Oil on panel, 69 x 57 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris



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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