The subject has been well analyzed by Goethe.
Does it matter if its real or if its fake; if its well preserved or poorly preserved; if its bought out of vinci museum passion or out of calculated investment?As an anatomist (he had dissected nine bodies) he gave figures concerning the insertion of the muscles and their movements which specialists still admire for their accuracy.Ancient copies are at the Louvre and at Sant'Eustorgio, Milan.Still more valuable are the separate studies of heads, although the most of them may be originals; the most important series are at Strasburg and Weimar.Shankell, "Der Kultus der heilige Annas am susgange Mittelalters Freiburg, 1893).Leonardo's most important work at Milan is his "Last Supper" which he painted in the refectory of the Dominican convent of Sta Maria delle Grazie.Either through prudence or through scorn of abstract ideas Leonardo seems to have avoided declaring himself on this subject.A rather less incongruous-looking interloper was the serene 1901 canvas.Then he began see-sawing between Florence and Milan, finally taking up his residence in the latter city where he was called by a law-suit concerning the property left by his father.It will be readily understood how such a work cost the artist ten years of preparation.
But this general action, profound as it was, did not give rise to a school at Florence.
Yellow Sweet Peas, which should have been in an auction of American art.
Over all, Sothebys evening sale of Impressionist and modern works raised 269.6 million from 64 lots, 92 percent of which sold.The contemporary of Castagno and Pollaiulo, he centralized their labours, codified their efforts, and circulated the results of their studies; in a certain sense Florentine naturalism was organized in his studio.Milanese Period (1483-99 in 1481 Ludovico il Moro assumed in the name of his nephew, Gian Galeazzo, the regency of the Duchy of Milan.He divined the true nature of fossils.The other and somewhat later one repeats the same motif for the convent of San Francesco, Milan.
He had already conceived this type of mother and child in which the divine expression results only from human race and the poetry of life carried to its highest degree.