Leonardo Da Vinci Painting— Get Dramatic and Expressive Artwork for Every Style

Leonardo Da Vinci Painting— Get Dramatic and Expressive Artwork for Every Style


Leonardo da Vinci, often acknowledged as one of the most creative and skilled artists to have ever lived in the Western world, requires no introduction. He was one of the finest high Renaissance masterpiece painters, who always tried hands on challenging artistic techniques and traditions. As a scientist, engineer, professor, and innovator, he is widely recognized.

Andrea Del Verrocchio was a famous painter, sculptor and goldsmith in the art world, and was the one with whom Vinci began a 9-year apprenticeship when he was just 15 years old.

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He experimented with ways of portraying space and three-dimensional elements on a two-dimensional surface. He examined anatomy to better portray the human body, analysed the human psyche to express character, and created innovative combinations.

For a number of reasons, his artworks were revolutionary, and his works have been reproduced by others and analysed in depth by experts and critics.

Many incomplete efforts, but also some of the most realistic, sophisticated, and emotional depictions of human psychology, is the outcome of his inquisitive mind. The creative techniques he adopted in pouring on the painting, his clear understanding of anatomy, his use of the portrait in realistic composition, and his use of sfumato are all traits that define da Vinci's art.

Today, he is best renowned for his art, which includes the Mona Lisa, Virgin and Child with St. Anne and The Last Supper, to name a few.  Da Vinci felt that art was closely intertwined with nature and science. 

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Here are some of the most famous and admired Leonardo da Vinci’s paintings in the world—

Leonardo Da Vinci Painting

1.Mona Lisa

The small painting recognized as the Mona Lisa, or La Gioconda, “the laughing one,” is one of da Vinci's masterpieces from the 16th century. The Mona Lisa is not just one of da Vinci's best-known paintings, but also one of the most popular and admired paintings in the world!

This painting is a real example of da Vinci’s skill for pragmatism and his use of shadows and light.  Mona Lisa painting everyday draws thousands of visitors to the Louvre Museum, to experience the sitter’s mysterious look and enigmatic smile.

Its popularity is mainly just on the illusive smile on the lady's face, which has a mystical appearance due to the artist's subtle shadowing of the corners of the mouth and eyes, making the real nature of the smile hard to detect.

During the Renaissance, portraits were immensely popular. Portraits of women, on the other hand, were always taken in profile, which was considered respectable and modest.

Da Vinci depicts a woman who not only looks at the viewer but also follows them with her gaze. Da Vinci uses his sfumato method to achieve a shadowy quality in the Mona Lisa.

Leonardo Da Vinci Painting

2. The Last Supper

The Last Supper is another highly admired da Vinci masterpiece. This picture depicts numerous incidents from the Christian Bible, including Jesus informing his Apostles he is going to be betrayed by one of them. It also illustrates Jesus' first introduction of the Eucharist, a Christian ritual in which bread and wine are blessed before being served and consumed.

The diversity of emotions and expressions that da Vinci has depicted on each person's face is appreciated in The Last Supper.

This painting exemplifies something that da Vinci excelled at: thoroughly re-inventing a popular subject matter, such as the Last Supper. Though badly damaged, Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper showcases the painter's knowledge of the human form in the expressive composition.

Leonardo Da Vinci Painting

3. Virgin and Child with St. Anne

The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne is believed to be Leonardo's last artwork before his death in 1519, according to art historians. Three generations of the Holy Family are represented in the painting: Saint Anne, the Virgin Mary's mother, Mary, and Jesus. Leonardo Vinci's ambition for drawing three-dimensional characters on a two-dimensional surface is also seen in this work.

Leonardo Da Vinci Painting

4. Self Portrait (c. 1490/1515–16)

The red chalk painting of an old man with long wavy hair and a beard, widely recognized as a self-portrait, has been so often replicated that it has come to regard what many individuals consider of Leonardo's looks. Some experts claim, however, that the figure in the chalk sketch is too elderly to be da Vinci, who passed away at the age of 67.

This drawing, according to these experts, is one of his "grotesque" works, or portrayals of humans with exaggerated features. This painting, whoever it represents, is an excellent illustration of da Vinci's talent to infuse his models with realistic characteristics.

Leonardo Da Vinci Painting

5. The Virgin of the Rocks (c. 1483–86)

The Virgin of the Rocks exists in two practically similar versions, one in the Louvre, Paris and the other in the National Gallery in London. Both are almost 6 feet tall and portray the Madonna and Jesus as babies, as well as an angel and an infant Saint John the Baptist. The artwork in the Louvre Museum is believed to be the actual copy, which means it is the older of the two.

Saint John the Baptist

It is considered an example of Leonardo's sfumato style, which involves painting without using visible lines, frames or edges. The figures are grouped in a triangular pattern and make gestures at one another, adding to the work's dramatic nature.

Some more interesting and impressive collections of Da Vinci’s paintings include:

  • Adoration of the Magi, where the characters are arranged in a circle around Mary, showing their enthusiasm at the first declaration of holiness of the Christ Child with more or less dramatic motions.
  • Portrait of Ginevra de' Benci
  • Salvator Mundi
  • Portrait of Cecilia Gallerani (Lady with an Ermine)


Lady with an Ermine

What’s So Special About Any Leonardo da Vinci Painting?

Baptism of Christ Painting

Da Vinci’s powers of observation and skill as an illustrator enabled him to notice and recreate the effects he saw in nature, adding a special liveliness to his portraits. Fueled by curiosity, Leonardo constantly tried to explain what he saw. Because he wrote down and sketched so many of his observations in his notebooks, we know that he was among the very first to take a scientific study and approach towards understanding how our world works and how we see it. Da Vinci’s interests and creativity extended far beyond fine art.

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