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Female head - by Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo's work in optics led naturally to studies of the interrelationships between light and shadow. He goes from his studio into the open air and develops new recommendations, which are then applied in his own practice. He cautions against harsh lighting and outlines that are too sharp. He seeks a transparency of shadow around the head that relates the figures to their environments.

Masterpieces of Leonardo da Vinci

  • The Mona Lisa
  • The Last Supper
  • The Vitruvian Man
  • Salvador Mundi
  • Self Portrait
  • The Virgin and Child with St Anne
  • Madonna of the Yarnwinder
  • The Baptism of Christ
  • The Annunciation
  • Lady with an Ermine
  • Bacchus
  • Embryo in the Womb
  • Litta Madonna
  • Head of a Young Woman
  • Portrait of Ginevra de' Benci
  • Leda and the Swan
  • St. John the Baptist
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