Leonardo da Vinci

“Leda and the Swan,” a sonnet by W. B. Yeats, begins: “A sudden blow: the great wings beating still/Above the staggering girl, her thighs caressed/By the dark…

Not particularly impressive at first glance, Joseph Nicéphore Niépce's View from the Window at Le Gras is a grey-hued pewter plate with the blurred shadow-shapes of treelines and buildings. Despite…
Leonardo da Vinci’s iconic Mona Lisa, the world’s most famous, recognizable, and copied artwork, has a storied history. Painted between 1503 and 1519, it was owned by French royalty for centuries.…
When we think of Leonardo da Vinci’s most notable works, it would be easy to assume the women behind the Mona Lisa or Lady with an Ermine were his muses. One may therefore be surprised to discover…
Towards the end of May 2022, a thirty-six-year-old man appeared to smear cake and icing across the lower half of the legendary Mona Lisa. Read on for more information about this attempted vandalism…
The story of the Last Supper is a pivotal one in the Bible and Christians view it as the basis for the Holy Communion rite. Leonardo da Vinci’s fresco adorns a wall of the refectory at Santa Maria…
In the Spring of 2005, an item coming up for auction in New Orleans caught the eye of Alexander Parish, an art expert, who called his friend, dealer Robert Simon. There was something about Lot 664, a…
For artistically-minded people, the ratio—or better yet, the divine proportion—might be easier to understand visually. Here are several examples of how the golden ratio can be applied to works from…