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Leonardo da Vinci: Ginevra de' Benci, ca.1474
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Leonardo da Vinci
[Italian High Renaissance Painter and Inventor, 1452-1519]

• Also known as:  Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci
Léonard de Vinci
• Relationships: Uncle of Pierino da Vinci.
Studied under Andrea del Verrocchio.
Leonardo's students included Andrea Solario, Bernardino Luini, Cesare da Sesto, Francesco Melzi, Ambrogio de Predis and Giovanni Antonio Boltraffio.
Subject of the book and recent movie The Da Vinci Code.
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How from age to age the art of painting continually declines and deteriorates when painters have no other standard than work already done.
- Leonardo da Vinci in his Treatise on Painting


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 N.B. For the sake of readability, we have organized external links into these different tabs: 
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Museums and Public Art Galleries Worldwide:
Notable SiteAlte Pinakothek, Munich, Germany

Notable SiteDrawings from the Biblioteca Ambrosiana, Milan

Notable SiteFine Arts Museums of San Francisco   NEW!

Notable SiteFitzwilliam Museum at the University of Cambridge, UK

Notable SiteFitzwilliam Museum PHAROS Website, Cambridge, UK

Notable SiteHermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia
The Madonna and Child (The Litta Madonna), 1490-91
The Madonna and Child (The Benois Madonna), 1478

Notable SiteJ. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
Caricature of a Man with Bushy Hair, 1495
Studies for the Christ Child with a Lamb, 1503

Notable SiteLeonardo da Vinci at the Louvre Museum, Paris
Flash presentation: A Closer Look at the Mona Lisa

Notable SiteLeonardo da Vinci at the Louvre Museum, Paris
Drapery for a Seated Figure, 1470

Notable SiteLeonardo da Vinci at the Louvre Museum, Paris
The Adoration of the Magi, pen and ink drawing, 1481

Notable SiteLeonardo da Vinci at the Louvre Museum, Paris
Portrait of Lisa Gherardini (Mona Lisa or La Gioconda), 1503-06

Notable SiteLouvre Museum Database, Paris

Notable SiteLouvre Museum Graphic Art Database, Paris (in French)  
Page forward for numerous works on paper by Leonardo da Vinci

Notable SiteMetropolitan Museum of Art, New York City   NEW!  

Notable SiteMuseo di Vinci, Italy
The museum of Leonardo's home town. The main portion of the collection appears to consist of a variety of models of Leonardo's inventions.

Notable SiteMuseum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas  
(Zoomify viewer requires Java in order to view images)

Notable SiteNational Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh

Notable SiteNational Gallery, London, UK
Mysterious Virgin: the symbolism and secret history represented in Leonardo's Virgin of the Rocks

Notable SiteNational Gallery, London, UK
Paintings in depth: A hidden painting behind the Virgin of the Rocks

Notable SiteNational Gallery, London, UK

Notable SiteNational Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.   NEW!
Includes a biography of the artist

Notable SiteThe Royal Collection, London, UK
(Zoomable - look for the magnifying glass and the text "Magnify image")
Many drawings online

Notable SiteVatican Museums, Vatican City
St Jerome

American Museum of Natural History, New York City
Leonardo's Codex Leicester: A Masterpiece of Science

Ashmolean Museum at the University of Oxford, UK

Christ Church College Picture Gallery, Oxford, UK
A Grotesque Head, black chalk drawing, ca.1503-07

Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio

Courtauld Institute of Art, London, UK
2 works by or related to the artist

Hyde Collection Art Museum, Glens Falls, New York
Cartoon for the Mona Lisa, ca.1503

Le Musée Ingres, Montauban, France (in French)  
Click on the artist name, then on the artwork title to view the work

Musée des Beaux-Arts de Rennes, France (in French)  
(If the image is not clickable, click "Agrandir l'image" to enlarge the image)

Museum of Science, Boston
Leonardo da Vinci: Scientist, Inventor, Artist

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Study for the head of Christ for The Last Supper, ca.1495

National Museum of Science and Technology, Milan
Exhibit showing many of Leonardo's inventions and manuscripts

Pierpont Morgan Library, New York City
Two Designs for Machines

San Diego Museum of Art, California   NEW!

State Museums of Florence Digital Archive, Italy

Statens Museum for Kunst (National Gallery of Denmark), Copenhagen
Click "English" at the top right to switch the default language, then click "Search"

The Albertina Graphic Art Databank, Vienna (in German)  

Leonardo da Vinci at the The British Museum, London, UK

The Walters Art Museum, Maryland

Wallraf-Richartz-Museum, Cologne, Germany (mostly in German)  
Figurenstudien zur "Anbetung der Könige", drawing

National Art Databases and Museum Inventories:

Art Fund for UK Museums
A Rider on a Rearing Horse, 1481-83
The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne and Saint John the Baptist, ca.1499-1500
Studies of the Paw of a Dog or Wolf, 1490

Art Market:
(e.g. records of past sales at auction; sites providing examples of the artist's signature)
Artarchiv Sample Artist Signatures
Scroll down to signature 262

Christie's Past Sale Archive
(database goes as far back as 1991; images go about as far back as 1999)

Sotheby's Sold Lot Archive
(database goes as far back as 1998; images where permitted by copyright go about as far back as 2001)

Pictures from Image Archives:
Notable SiteLeonardo da Vinci
Website about Leonardo da Vinci, his Paintings and Life

Notable SiteLeonardo da Vinci at The Art Renewal Center

Notable SiteLeonardo da Vinci at The Artchive  

Notable SiteLeonardo da Vinci at The Athenaeum  

Notable SiteWeb Gallery of Art  

Notable SiteWebMuseum  

Notable SiteWikimedia Commons Image Database  

Notable SiteWorld Visit Guide (formerly Insecula)

1200 Years of Italian Sculpture (mostly in Italian)  
The Drawings of Leonardo

1200 Years of Italian Sculpture (mostly in Italian)  
The Complete Paintings of Leonardo

Aiwaz Panopticon
Gallery of 12 drawings

Aiwaz Panopticon
Gallery of 18 paintings

Aiwaz Panopticon
Scroll down for 3 galleries of works influencing or influenced by Leonardo's Mona Lisa

Archker's Fantasy Art Gallery

California State University WorldImages Database  


Ciudad de la Pintura (in Spanish)  

El Poder de la Palabra (The Power of the Word) (in Spanish)  

Free Christ Images  

Google Art Project
Adoration of the Magi (Uffizi Gallery, Florence)

Google Art Project
Annunciation (Uffizi Gallery, Florence)

Google Art Project
Baptism of Christ (with Andrea del Verrocchio) (Uffizi Gallery, Florence)

Humanities Web  

Jetset Image Galleries

Liam's Pictures from Old Books  
Complete text and some images from The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci

Mondo Mostre, Milan (in Italian)  
La Madonna Litta

Olga's Gallery

State Hermitage Museum Unofficial Site

USC Annenberg School for Communication

USC Annenberg School for Communication

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Miscellaneous Sites:
Notable SiteLeonardo da Vinci: Man of Both Worlds

Notable SiteLeonardo's Horse
Home page of the group behind the enormous horse sculpture which Leonardo designed but was never able to complete. The statue now stands in Milan.

Notable SiteThe Drawings of Leonardo da Vinci

Notable SiteUniversal Leonardo

Blue.fr (in French)  
(note: site crashes my version of Internet Explorer)

FBI Art Theft Program
Madonna of the Yarnwinder, stolen from Drumlanrig Castle in Scotland

Halta Definizione
Extremely high resolution reproduction of Leonardo's fresco The Last Supper

Jacques-Edouard Berger Foundation

The story behind the theft of the Mona Lisa in 1911

Rocbo Culture (in French)  
Geometric analysis of 2 works by Leonardo

"Unseen Da Vinci works go on show" (A Virgin on the Rocks and a newly attributed Mary Magdalene)

The British Library, London, UK
View Leonardo's sketchbook

The Modernist Journals Project
(Click "Retrieve Images" to see artworks)

The Sydney Morning Herald
Article with a good reproduction of a painting of Mary Magdalene, now attributed to Leonardo

Welcome to Tuscany
Battle of Anghiari (scroll down)

Articles and Reference Sites:
Notable SiteEncyclopedia Britannica complete article on Leonardo da Vinci  
Note: The full version of the article is available only if you follow this link. If you bookmark the article and return later, or if you navigate directly to the Britannica website, you will see a 100-word preview only. Troubleshooting

Notable SiteUnion List of Artist Names (Getty Museum)  
Reference sheet with basic information about the artist and pointers to other references.

Notable SiteWikipedia, the "Open Content" Encyclopedia

Artnet Magazine
Half-length of an Apostle

"A Work in Progress"

"The Mona Lisa: Is She Smiling for Two?"

ArtWatch International
(Free registration required)
Discussion of the Universal Leonardo Project, which intends to oversee a scientific analysis of all of Leonardo's known paintings

ArtWatch International
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Restoration of Leonardo's Adoration of the Magi

ArtWatch International
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Uffizi's cleaning of Leonardo da Vinci's The Baptism of Christ

FAD - art fast news
"Christie's sued for selling £100m Da Vinci drawing for £11,400" (article has a gorgeous reproduction of the newly attributed drawing)

Giorgio Vasari's Lives of the Artists
Biography of the artist. Detailed, but Vasari's anecdotes are sometimes inaccurate.

International Herald Tribune (now part of the New York Times organization)
"Shock Waves of Leonardo's Last Supper," article by Roderick Conway Morris

Oxford Dictionary of Art (eNotes)  

"Leonardo's Horse"

The Guardian Newspaper, UK
"Inevitable distortion of the original", 1999 article by Adrian Searle

The Guardian Newspaper, UK
Essay on A Grotesque Head, 1504

The Guardian Newspaper, UK
"Magic remains in the spirit of the latest Last Supper", 1999 article by Adrian Searle

The London Evening Standard
"The great Leonardo - a dilettante without peer", 2006 article by Brian Sewell

The New York Observer
"Leonardo Da Vinci Left Breathtaking Painting Incomplete", article by Hilton Kramer

The New York Times
Article about the Portland Museum of Art's alternate version of La Gioconda (the Mona Lisa), possibly by Leonardo

Time Magazine
"Beyond the Skin's Frontier", 1984 article by Robert Hughes

Time Magazine
"He Drew Like An Angel", 2003 article by Robert Hughes

Time Magazine
"The Apocalypse on a Postcard: The drawings of Leonardo", 1981 article by Robert Hughes

Time Magazine
"Empirical Queen of the Sciences", 1974 article by Robert Hughes

Wikiquote, compendium of quotations from the Wikimedia Foundation

"Look Inside" and "Search Inside" Books at Amazon
Look Inside Books:Selections from the books listed below are scanned in, in high res. Text is clearly readable and art reproductions vary from so-so to excellent. Don't miss the fact that you can usually zoom in via the "View" drop-down menu, along the top row of Amazon's Online Reader.            
Search Inside Books:Same as "Look Inside", except that the entire book is scanned in, and the text is fully searchable. This is an unbelievable resource, for research and especially for previewing a book when making the decision to buy.
Note: Some "Search Inside" features are limited to people signed in to an account which has previously made a purchase at Amazon.
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Leonardo Da Vinci

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Leonardo: The Artist and the Man

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Leonardo da Vinci: Flights of the Mind - A Biography

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Leonardo on Painting

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Leonardo Da Vinci (Penguin Lives)

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Leonardo's Machines: Da Vinci's Inventions Revealed

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Da Vinci For Dummies

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Leonardo's Projects, c.1500-1519

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Leonardo's Science and Technology

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Leonardo's Notebooks

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Math and the Mona Lisa

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Leonardo Da Vinci: The Codex Leicester

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Leonardo Da Vinci

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Leonardo: The Last Supper

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Leonardo Da Vinci: The Daedalian Mythmaker

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Leonardo da Vinci: Origins of a Genius

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Leonardo Drawings (Dover)

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Inventing Leonardo

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Leonardo da Vinci: The Genius of the Renaissance

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Eyewitness: Leonardo & His Times

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Masters of Art: Leonardo da Vinci

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Discoveries: Leonardo da Vinci

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Leonardo Da Vinci: The Complete Paintings

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Leonardo da Vinci

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Leonardo's Ink Bottle: The Artist's Way of Seeing

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Leonardo's Incessant Last Supper

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The Little Book of Leonardo da Vinci

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The Legacy of Leonardo


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Mona Lisa
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da Vinci: The Last Supper
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da Vinci: Lady with an Ermine
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Leonardo da Vinci: St. Anne
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da Vinci: Portrait of Ginevra de'Benci
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Uriel, from The Virgin of the Rocks
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