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Introduction; 1 Da Vinci's Life; 2 The Art; 3 The Designs; 4 The Collections; 5 The Manuscripts; Bibliography.

Introduction by Carlo Pedretti
The artist’s life
- Baptism of Christ
- Annunciation (Florence)
- Annunciation (Paris)
- Portrait of Ginevra Benci
- Madonna of the Carnation
- Benois Madonna
- Adoration of the Magi
- Saint Jerome
- Virgin of the Rocks (Paris)
- Virgin of the Rocks (London)
- Portrait of a Musician
- Lady with the Ermine
(Portrait of Cecilia Gallerani)
- Portrait of a Lady (La Belle Ferronnière)
- Last Supper
- Sala delle Asse
- Portrait of Isabella d’Este
- Head of a Young Woman (La Scapiliata)     - Virgin and Child with Saint Anne
and Saint John the Baptist (London)
- Virgin and Child with Saint Anne
and a Lamb (Paris)
- Saint John the Baptist
- Bacchus (Saint John)
- Mona Lisa or Gioconda
The drawings
Drawings in Italy
- Florence, Galleria degli Uffizi,
Gabinetto dei Disegni e delle Stampe
- Turin, Biblioteca Reale
- Venice, Gallerie dell’Accademia
- Milan, Biblioteca Ambrosiana
- Rome, Gabinetto Nazionale
delle Stampe e dei Disegni
Drawings in Europe
Drawings in America
The Collections
Codex Atlanticus
Milan, Biblioteca Ambrosiana
Windsor Collection
Windsor Castle, Royal Library
- Anatomy
- Landscapes, plants and water studies
- Horses and other animals
- Figure studies
- Miscellaneous papers
The manuscripts
Codex Trivulziano
Milan, Biblioteca del Castello Sforzesco
Codex on the Flight of Birds
Turin, Biblioteca Reale
Manuscripts of France
Paris, Institut de France

Codices of Madrid
Madrid, Biblioteca Nacional
- Madrid I
- Madrid II
Codex Arundel
London, British Museum
Forster Codices (I-III)
London, Victoria and Albert Museum
Codex Hammer
Seattle, Bill Gates Collection
Libro di Pittura (Book on Painting)
Vatican City, Biblioteca Apostolica

About the Author

Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci (April 15, 1452 ; May 2, 1519) was an Italian Renaissance polymath: painter, sculptor, architect, musician, scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer. His genius, perhaps more than that of any other figure, epitomized the Renaissance humanist ideal. Leonardo has often been described as the archetype of the Renaissance Man. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest painters of all time and perhaps the most diversely talented person ever to have lived.

Leonardo was and is renowned primarily as a painter. Among his works, the Mona Lisa is the most famous and most parodied portrait and The Last Supper, the most reproduced religious painting of all time, with their fame approached only by Michelangelo's The Creation of Adam. Leonardo's drawing of the Vitruvian Man is also regarded as a cultural icon.
|Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci (April 15, 1452 – May 2, 1519, Old Style)

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