Shirley Smith

Renaissance Art Historian

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Leonardo da Vinci at the Court of Milan

Leonardo da Vinci The Last Supper 1498

Image source: Web Gallery of Art


In 1482 Leonardo da Vinci wrote offering his services to Ludovico Sforza, the powerful ruler of Milan. Having listed his expertise in designing war machines, bridges and excavating equipment, he added that in times of peace, he could pass muster as a painter.




Fortunately he was given a chance, for his painting of the Last Supper, the Virgin of the Rocks and his stunning portraits of Ludovico's family, mistresses and court are amongst the most famous works of all time.


This day of special interest will study these works of Leonardo and how they pushed the boundaries of art to a new level.


Leonardo da Vinci Virgin of the Rocks 1483-86

Image source: Web Gallery of Art