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Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan

On View November 9, 2011–February 5, 2012 at The National Gallery, London

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Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan at The National Gallery, London was the show to see in late 2011, early 2012, and probably for some time into the future. Where other Leonardo exhibitions in recent years have concentrated on his drawings, scientific studies, and inventions, this exhibition focuses solely on his painting -- and preparatory drawings for it -- during what is called his First Milanese period. The years ca.1482-99, which Leonardo spent as court painter to Ludovico Sforza ('il Moro'), ruler of Milan and Duke of Bari, were the most productive of the artist's life.

Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan contained more than 60 paintings and drawings by the Master, along with paintings by his pupils and collaborators. Almost all of Leonardo's surviving Milanese works were reunited --including two that have never been in the same room before: the National Gallery's The Virgin of the Rocks (ca. 1491/2-99 and 1506-08) and the Louvre's The Virgin of the Rocks (ca. 1483-1486). The scope of private and institutional loans in this exhibition were unprecedented.

Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan was on display at The National Gallery, London from November 9, 2011 through February 5, 2012 and did not travel.

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  1. A Rocky Ravine, ca. 1475-80Leonardo da Vinci - A Rocky Ravine, ca. 1475-80
  2. Virgin and Child with a Cat, ca. 1480Leonardo da Vinci - Virgin and Child with a Cat, ca. 1480
  3. Cartoon for the Head of the Infant Saint John the Baptist, ca. 1482-83Leonardo da Vinci - Cartoon for the Head of the Infant Saint John the Baptist, ca. 1482-83
  4. The Virgin of the Rocks, ca. 1483-1486 (Louvre version)Leonardo da Vinci - The Virgin of the Rocks, ca. 1483-1486
  5. Studies of a Dog's Paw, ca. 1485Leonardo da Vinci - Studies of a Dog's Paw, ca. 1485
  6. Study of a Bear's Head, ca. 1485Leonardo da Vinci - Study of a Bear's Head, ca. 1485
  7. Portrait of a Young Man ('The Musician'), ca. 1486-87Leonardo da Vinci - Portrait of a Young Man ('The Musician'), ca. 1486-87
  8. Designs for a Saint Mary Magdalene, ca. 1486-88Leonardo da Vinci - Designs for a Saint Mary Magdalene, ca. 1486-88
  9. A Church Viewed in Perspective, ca. 1488-90Leonardo da Vinci - A Church Viewed in Perspective, ca. 1488-90
  10. Head of a Woman, ca. 1488-90Leonardo da Vinci - Head of a Woman, ca. 1488-90
  11. Saint Jerome, ca. 1488-90Leonardo da Vinci - Saint Jerome, ca. 1488-90
  12. Studies of a Cranium, 1489Leonardo da Vinci - Studies of a Cranium, 1489
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