The Annunciation, Leonardo Da Vinci, circa 1472

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The Annunciation – Leonardo Da Vinci. Around 1472. Oil on wood, tempera. 98×217
Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519) worked on this painting while still in Verrocchio’s workshop. The young artist had to complete what was begun by other students and correct their mistakes. He made several sketches of Mary’s cloak and the vestments of the archangel Gabriel, and based on these drawings, he rewrote the draperies, which eventually fell in large folds. Then Leonardo wrote the new head of the archangel Gabriel, making her a little bowed, but did not manage to make changes to the image of Mary, whose pose does not look completely natural. The one whose brush went here before Leonardo may not have known very well the laws of perspective. But all these errors suddenly demonstrate how difficult it was to master the techniques of realistic painting that seem so natural in the paintings of Renaissance masters.

Preserved executed by the artist at the same time pencil and ink sketch, on which Mary bowed her head, covering her eyes, her hair was pulled from above with a ribbon with a precious brooch, and silky locks scattered over her shoulders. Leonardo, it seems, treasured this narrow, poetic way, born under his pen, that he painted a separate small picture on the subject Annunciation."

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