Leonardo da Vinci (1452 - 1519)
Oil on canvas, 77x53 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris
front of you is probably the most famous artwork painted by the great Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci.
was born in Vinci, a village near the city of Florence, Italy,
and his name means Leonardo from Vinci (family names were not used at
The artist manifested a talent for drawing already in
his childhood. He once painted on a wooden shield the head of the
Gorgon Medusa, a monster in Greek mythology who has the face of a
hideous human female with snakes in place of hair. The painting
was so good that his father decided to send him to study in the
workshop of one of the leading artists of Florence.
This was the
time of the Renaissance, the heyday of the arts and sciences. Artist’s
apprentices studied sciences, sculpting, painting, and assisted their
Leonardo, as one of the best students, was once instructed by
his teacher to draw the head of an angel. His drawing impressed the
teacher so much that, acknowledging the superiority of his student, he
never picked up a brush again.