Annunciation, Leonardo Da Vinci, around 1472
- Posted by Leonardo da Vinci
- Museum: Uffizi Gallery
- Year: Around 1472
Overview of the painting :
Annunciation – Leonardo Da Vinci. Around 1472. Wood, oil, tempera. 98×217
Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519) worked on this picture while still in the Verrokkyo workshop. The young artist had to complete what was started by other students and correct their mistakes. He performed several sketches of the cloak of Mary and the robes of the archangel Gabriel and, based on these drawings, rewrote draperies, which as a result lay down in volumetric folds. Then Leonardo re-wrote the head of the archangel Gabriel, making her slightly prone, but did not have time to make changes to the image of Maria, the pose of which does not look quite natural. The one whose brush went here before Leonardo probably did not know the laws of perspective too well. But all these errors unexpectedly show how difficult it was to master those techniques of realistic painting that seem so natural in paintings by Renaissance masters.
The drawing made by the artist at the same time with a pencil and ink on which Maria bowed her head, covering her eyes, her hair was pulled from above with a ribbon with precious brooch, and silky strands scattered over her shoulders. Leonardo, apparently, cherished this subtle, poetic way, born under his pen, that he painted a separate small picture on the subject of the Annunciation.