The Last Supper: Leonardo Da Vinci And His Most Famous Artworks

Leonardo Da Vinci’s influence on art and science can’t be summed up adequately in a single article. Some of his works, however, are more well-known than others. Below is a list of Da Vinci’s most famous artworks.


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The Last Supper

Leonardo da Vinci - Last Supper

Leonardo da Vinci – Last Supper, Credits: Wikimedia

“The Last Supper” is considered by many to be Da Vinci’s greatest work of all time and is the only mural he’s ever painted. It portrays Jesus Christ and the Twelve Apostles at the dinner where Jesus announces a betrayal by one of them. Although the painting hasn’t been fully restored to this day, it remains one of the world’s most famous artworks and has inspired many other artists including Salvador Dali and Andy Warhol. It was also a big plot point in The Da Vinci Code. “The Last Supper” is located at the Convent of Santa Maria Delle Grazie, Milan.

The Annunciation

Leonardo da Vinci - Annunciazione

Leonardo da Vinci – Annunciazione, Credits: Wikimedia

“The Annunciation” is a depiction of a visit to The Virgin Mary by Archangel Gabriel retold in Luke 1.26-39. During this visit, Gabriel tells Mary that she’s going to conceive an infant by the name of Jesus (Son of God), whose “reign will never end”. Da Vinci wasn’t the only artist inspired by this myth – in fact, it has been a popular theme in the art of Florence. “The Annunciation” is currently at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence.

Mona Lisa

Mona Lisa, by Leonardo da Vinci

Mona Lisa, by Leonardo da Vinci, Credits: Wikimedia

“The Mona Lisa”, or “La Gioconda” is perhaps the most mysterious work of Da Vinci’s and is certainly one of the most famous paintings in the world. To this day very little is known about the woman on the painting or where and when Da Vinci had painted it, although he is believed to have worked on it between 1503 and 1517. Unlike “The Last Supper”, “The Mona Lisa” has arrived to the 21st century in a remarkable condition, and is currently on display in Musee du Louvre, Paris.

(Possible) Self-portrait

Leonardo da Vinci presumed self portrait

Leonardo da Vinci presumed self portrait, Credits: Wikimedia

This portrait of a man in red chalk is believed to be a self-portrait of Leonardo Da Vinci, although it’s never been officially confirmed as such. Interestingly enough, the cause of the assumption that the man on the artwork is Leonardo was Raphael with his “School of Athens”; but whether or not it’s truly a self-portrait, this man has become the most well-known representation of the artist to date. Unfortunately, the artwork is generally not exhibited for the public to see due to its fragile condition. The portrait is currently kept at the Biblioteca Reale in Turin.

Virgin of the Rocks

Leonardo da Vinci: Virgin of the Rocks (Louvre)

Leonardo da Vinci: Virgin of the Rocks (Louvre), Credits: Wikimedia

First of all, “Virgin of the Rocks” is not a cocktail – it’s a name of not one, but two paintings by Leonardo Da Vinci. Interestingly enough, the subject matter of both paintings is identical, but several details are different. Both of them show Madonna and Jesus with an angel in a rocky setting. Unfortunately, we have no way of telling today which of the paintings was painted first. Nonetheless, they’re both very impressive – each over 6 feet tall painted on a wooden panel. One of them, like “The Mona Lisa”, is in Musee du Louvre in Paris, and the other one is in The National Gallery in London; in fact, the latter painting was transferred to canvas from its original wooden foundations.

Vitruvian Man

Vitruvian Man by Leonardo da Vinci

Vitruvian Man by Leonardo da Vinci, Credits: Wikimedia

“The Vitruvian Man” is probably the most famous drawing by Leonardo Da Vinci, also known as “Canon of Proportions”. It’s allegedly based on the ideal human proportions described by Roman architect Vitruvius. It’s the perfect demonstration of Da Vinci’s sense of proportion and is meant to be an illustration of a perfect human body. Today, “the Vitruvian Man” can be seen in the Gallerie dell’Accademia in Venice, although it’s rarely displayed; you can also see it on Italian one euro coins.

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