One of the known humanists of all times lived during 1452-1519 – Leonardo Da Vinci – a versatile personality who was a painter, sculptor, architect, musician, scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and also a writer. Very few of his paintings, fifteen to be specific, have survived probably due to his disastrous experimentation with new techniques and chronic procrastination. As none of his paintings are signed works, they are attributed to him with varying degrees of credibility opinion by various scholars.
The Last Supper (1498): Even over 500 years after the painting was completed, this remains one of the most studied paintings in history and is among the most sold of all Da Vinci posters.
Mona Lisa (1503-05): Another famous painting is currently on display at the Museum Louvre in Paris.
Portrait of Ginevra de’ Benci (1475-76): Owned by National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, it is currently the only painting by Leonardo in United States. Unlike his portraits of women, this lady looks sulky, unforgiving and haughty. Emphasised by the slightly smaller cast of one eye, she looks withdrawn.
Lady with an Ermine (1489-90): It is oil on walnut panel and is currently in Czartoryski Museum.
The Virgin and Child with St Anne (1510): This is oil on wood and measures 168 x 130 cm. The original one is now located at Museum Louvre in Paris
St. John the Baptist (1513-16): Believed to be his last work, this oil painting is on walnut wood and measures 69x57cm. It’s currently displayed at Louvre in Paris.
Madonna of the Carnation (1478-80): The Virgin’s head, the apex of the triangular structure of this composition, is set off from the dark wall by light that comes from both sides to model her face in three-dimensional form. A scene glimpsed behind Mary can be seen repeated in Leonardo’s later works.
Virgin of the Rocks (1483-1486): This painting has 2 versions. One is in Louvre, Paris and the other is in the National Gallery. Both shows the Madonna and Christ Child with the infant John the Baptist and an angel in a rocky setting. The significant compositional differences are in the gaze and right hand of the angel.
Baptism of Christ (1472): The angel holding the mantle is considered his part of contribution in this painting. The kneeling figure shows signs of characteristics that Leonardo retained and developed through the rest of his career.
The Adoration of the Magi (1481): Leonardo was commissioned in 1480 to paint this work for the main altar of the monastery of San Donato a Scopeto near Florence. It was supposed to be completed within thirty months, but remained largely unfinished and was left behind in Florence when Leonardo set out for Milan the next year.
This renaissance master, a title he earned due to his various skills, is the most respected painter of all times.