Leonardo Da Vinci – Biography and Artwork of the Italian Polymath

Leonardo da Vinci was a true Renaissance man, with talents spanning across painting, sculpture, architecture, engineering, and science. Born in 1452 in Vinci, Italy, he began his artistic career under the tutelage of Andrea del Verrocchio. He quickly showed natural genius and curiosity that set him apart from other artists of his time.

Da Vinci’s contributions to the art world are immense; he is widely considered one of the greatest painters in Western art history. Despite having only 25 attributed major works to his name, he founded the High Renaissance and made significant contributions to fields like anatomy and perspective. His most famous work is undoubtedly the Mona Lisa, which is celebrated for its composition and masterful use of sfumato.

But Leonardo was more than just an artist; his natural curiosity led him to study subjects like mathematics and astronomy as well. He made significant improvements to existing technology during his lifetime through inventions like machines that could fly or swim underwater.

In his later years, Leonardo even served as First painter, architect & engineer to King Francis I in France. To this day, Leonardo remains a prominent figure in both the art world and popular culture; he is often referred to as a true “Renaissance Man” for his many achievements across so many different fields.

All Leonardo Da Vinci Artwork on Artchive

Artwork Name Year Medium
Madonna with the Yarnwinder c.1510; Milan, Italy oil,canvas
Madonna Litta (Madonna and the Child) c.1490; Italy canvas,tempera
Lily c.1473 - c.1475; Milan, Italy chalk,ink,paper
Leda and the Swan c.1506; Milan, Italy chalk,wash,ink,paper
Leda and the Swan c.1510; Milan, Italy oil,panel
Leda c.1510; Milan, Italy oil,panel
Manuscript page on the Sforza monument c.1493; Milan, Italy ink,paper
Masquerader in the guise of a Prisoner.jpg c.1502 - c.1517; Paris, France chalk,paper
The Virgin of the Rocks c.1483 - c.1486 oil,panel
Perspectival study of the Adoration of the Magi c.1481; Milan, Italy ink,paper
Page from a notebook showing figures fighting on horseback and on foot c.1504; Florence, Italy ink,paper
One of Leonardo da Vinci's designs for an Ornithopter c.1489; Milan, Italy ink,paper
Old man with ivy wreath and lion's head c.1494 - c.1519; Florence, Italy chalk,paper
Natural disaster c.1517; Paris, France chalk,ink,paper
Woman's Head c.1473; Milan, Italy ink,paper
Salvator Mundi c.1500 oil,panel
Portrait of a Bearded Man, possibly a Self Portrait c.1484 - c.1513; Rome, Italy chalk,paper
Portrait of an Unknown Woman (La Belle Ferroniere) c.1490; Milan, Italy oil,panel
La Bella Principessa - Portrait of Bianca Sforza 1495 - 1498; Italy ink,gouache,vellum,wood
Profile of a man and study of two riders c.1497; Milan, Italy chalk,ink,paper
Profile of an old man c.1505; Florence, Italy ink,paper
A Grotesque Head c.1502; Italy chalk,paper
Scythed Chariot c.1483; Milan, Italy ink,paper
Profile of a warrior in helmet c.1472; Milan, Italy metalpoint,paper,silverpoint
A plan of Imola 1502; Italy chalk,wash,ink,paper
Annunciation c.1480; Milan, Italy oil,panel
Anatomy of the Neck 1515; Rome, Italy
Anatomical studies of the shoulder c.1510; Milan, Italy chalk,ink,paper
Anatomical studies of a male shoulder c.1509; Milan, Italy ink,paper
Anatomical studies (larynx and leg) 1510; Milan, Italy ink,paper
Anatomical studies c.1505; Florence, Italy ink,paper
An Artillery Park 1487; Milan, Italy pencil,paper
Allegory c.1516; Paris, France chalk,paper
Spring Device c.1500; Italy ink,paper
Seated old man c.1487 - c.1498; Milan, Italy ink,paper
Sedge c.1510; Italy pencil,paper
Self Portrait c.1505
Self portrait on the Flight of Birds Codex c.1485; Italy
Siege Defenses c.1481; Milan, Italy
Sleeve Study for the Annunciation c.1470 - c.1473
Vetruvian Man 1492 Ink on Paper
Lady with an Ermine 1483-1490 Oil on wood
Mona Lisa c.1503 - c.1519 Oil on Panel (Poplar Wood)
St. Jerome c. 1480 Tempera And Oil On Panel
Head Of A Woman
Sketches For "the Battle Of Anghiari"
Rearing Horse c.1503 chalk,paper
Cannon Foundry 1487 Ink on Paper
The Virgin of the Rocks 1483 - c.1505 Oil on Panel
Distance from the Sun to the Earth and the size of the Moon
Benois Madonna c.1478 Oil on Canvas
The Musician c.1483 - 1487 Oil on Panel
The Virgin and Child with St. Anne and the Young St. John the Baptist c. 1501 Charcoal and touches of white on paper
Geometric Figure Duodecendron elevatus vacuus
Geometric Figure Tetracendron elevatus vacuus
Head of a Warrior c. 1504-06 Red pencil on cream-colored paper
Women's Head c.1473
Head of a Young Woman c. 1506 - 1508
John the Baptist c.1515 Oil on Panel
Madonna Litta c. 1490-91 Tempera on Canvas, transferred from panel
Muscles of the neck and shoulders c. 1515
Portrait of a Lady from the Court of Milan, called La Belle Ferronniere 1490-95 Oil on wood
Portrait of Isabella d'Este 1500 chalk,paper
Self-Portrait c. 1512 Red chalk
Cats, lions, and a dragon 1517-18 Paper
Study of Grotesque Heads c.1494 Ink on Paper
study of the porportions of the head and body c.1490 metalpoint,paper
The Annunciation c.1472 Oil on Panel,tempera,wood
The Dreyfus Madonna c. 1469 Oil on panel
The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne c.1503 - c.1519 Oil on Panel
Portrait of Ginevra Benci c.1474 Oil on Wood
Study for the Last Supper c.1494 Ink on Paper
The Adoration of the Magi 1480 Oil on Panel
The Last Supper 1495 plaster,tempera
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