Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan

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A Rocky Ravine, ca. 1475-80

Leonardo da Vinci - A Rocky Ravine, ca. 1475-80
Leonardo da Vinci (Italian, 1452-1519) Leonardo da Vinci (Italian, 1452-1519). A Rocky Ravine, ca. 1475-80. Pen and ink on paper. 22 x 15.8 cm (8 5/8 x 6 3/16 in.) RL 12395. Lent by Her Majesty The Queen. The Royal Collection © 2011, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

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


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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Virgin and Child with a Cat, ca. 1480

Leonardo da Vinci - Virgin and Child with a Cat, ca. 1480
Leonardo da Vinci (Italian, 1452-1519) Leonardo da Vinci (Italian, 1452-1519). Virgin and Child with a Cat, ca. 1480. Pen and wash on blue prepared paper. 12.8 x 10.9 cm (5 1/4 x 4 1/4 in.). Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence. © Soprintendenza Speciale per il Polo Museale Fiorentino

Gabinetto Disegni e Stampe, 421 E. © Soprintendenza Speciale per il Polo Museale Fiorentino, Gabinetto Fotografico, Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali.

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Cartoon for the Head of the Infant Saint John the Baptist, ca. 1482-83

Leonardo da Vinci - Cartoon for the Head of the Infant Saint John the Baptist, ca. 1482-83
Leonardo da Vinci (Italian, 1452-1519) Leonardo da Vinci (Italian, 1452-1519). Cartoon for the Head of the Infant Saint John the Baptist, ca. 1482-83. Metalpoint with traces of pen and ink and wash heightened with white on prepared paper, pricked for transfer. 16.9 x 14 cm (6 5/8 x 5 1/2 in.). Musée du Louvre, Paris. © RMN / Michèle Bellot

Département des Arts Graphiques (2347).

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The Virgin of the Rocks, ca. 1483-1486 (Louvre version)

Leonardo da Vinci - The Virgin of the Rocks, ca. 1483-1486
Leonardo da Vinci (Italian, 1452-1519) Leonardo da Vinci (Italian, 1452-1519). The Virgin of the Rocks, ca. 1483-1486. Oil on wood transferred to canvas. 199 x 122 cm (78 5/16 x 48 in.). Département des Peintures (777). Musée du Louvre, Paris. © RMN / Franck Raux

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Studies of a Dog's Paw, ca. 1485

Leonardo da Vinci - Studies of a Dog's Paw, ca. 1485
Leonardo da Vinci (Italian, 1452-1519) Leonardo da Vinci (Italian, 1452-1519). Studies of a Dog's Paw, ca. 1485. Metalpoint on pale pink prepared paper. 14.1 x 10.7 cm (5 1/2 x 4 3/16 in.) Purchased by the Private Treaty Sale with the aid of The Art Fund 1991 (D 5189). © The National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh. Photo Antonia Reeve, Edinburgh.

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Study of a Bear's Head, ca. 1485

Leonardo da Vinci - Study of a Bear's Head, ca. 1485
Leonardo da Vinci (Italian, 1452-1519) Leonardo da Vinci (Italian, 1452-1519). Study of a Bear's Head, ca. 1485. Metalpoint on pale pink prepared paper. 7 x 7 cm (2 3/4 x 2 3/4 in.) Private Collection, New York. © Courtesy of the owner. All rights reserved.

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Portrait of a Young Man ('The Musician'), ca. 1486-87

Leonardo da Vinci - Portrait of a Young Man ('The Musician'), ca. 1486-87
Leonardo da Vinci (Italian, 1452-1519) Leonardo da Vinci (Italian, 1452-1519). Portrait of a Young Man ('The Musician'), ca. 1486-87. Oil on walnut. 44.7 x 32 cm (17 9/16 x 12 9/16 in.) Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana, Pinacoteca - Milan (99). © Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana - Milano/De Agostini Picture Library

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Designs for a Saint Mary Magdalene, ca. 1486-88

Leonardo da Vinci - Designs for a Saint Mary Magdalene, ca. 1486-88
Leonardo da Vinci (Italian, 1452-1519) Leonardo da Vinci (Italian, 1452-1519). Designs for a Saint Mary Magdalene, ca. 1486-88. Pen and ink on paper. 13.7 x 7.9 cm (5 3/8 x 3 1/16 in.) D.1978.PG.80. The Courtauld Gallery, London. © The Samuel Courtauld Trust

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A Church Viewed in Perspective, ca. 1488-90

Leonardo da Vinci - A Church Viewed in Perspective, ca. 1488-90
Leonardo da Vinci (Italian, 1452-1519) Leonardo da Vinci (Italian, 1452-1519). A Church Viewed in Perspective, ca. 1488-90. Pen and ink on paper. 21.3 x 15.2 cm (8 5/16 x 5 15/16 in.) Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venice - Gabinetto di Disegni e Stampe (238). © Soprindendenza Speciale per il Polo Museale Venezi

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Head of a Woman, ca. 1488-90

Leonardo da Vinci - Head of a Woman, ca. 1488-90
Leonardo da Vinci (Italian, 1452-1519) Leonardo da Vinci (Italian, 1452-1519). Head of a Woman, ca. 1488-90. Metalpoint heightened with white on pale blue prepared paper. 17.9 x 16.8 cm (7 x 6 9/16 in.). Département des Arts Graphiques (2376). Musée du Louvre, Paris. © RMN / Thierry Le Mage

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Saint Jerome, ca. 1488-90

Leonardo da Vinci - Saint Jerome, ca. 1488-90
Leonardo da Vinci (Italian, 1452-1519) Leonardo da Vinci (Italian, 1452-1519). Saint Jerome, ca. 1488-90. Oil on walnut. 103 x 75 cm (40 1/2 x 29 1/2 in.) 40337. Musei Vaticani, Vatican City. © Photo Vatican Museums

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Studies of a Cranium, 1489

Leonardo da Vinci - Studies of a Cranium, 1489
Leonardo da Vinci (Italian, 1452-1519) Leonardo da Vinci (Italian, 1452-1519). Studies of a Cranium, 1489. Pen and ink on paper. 18.8 x 13.9 cm (7 3/8 x 5 7/16 in.) RL 19059r. Lent by Her Majesty The Queen. The Royal Collection © 2011, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

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Portrait of Cecilia Gallerani ('The Lady with an Ermine'), ca. 1489-90

Leonardo da Vinci - Portrait of Cecilia Gallerani ('The Lady with an Ermine'), ca. 1489-90
Leonardo da Vinci (Italian, 1452-1519) Leonardo da Vinci (Italian, 1452-1519). Portrait of Cecilia Gallerani ('The Lady with an Ermine'), ca. 1489-90. Oil on walnut. 54.8 x 40.3 cm (21 9/16 x 15 13/16 in.) National Museum, Cracow. © Princes Czartoryski Foundation

Property of the Czartoryski Foundation in Cracow on deposit at the National Museum in Cracow.

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Portrait of a Young Woman in Profile, ca. 1489-90

Leonardo da Vinci - Portrait of a Young Woman in Profile, ca. 1489-90
Leonardo da Vinci (Italian, 1452-1519) Leonardo da Vinci (Italian, 1452-1519). Portrait of a Young Woman in Profile, ca. 1489-90. Metalpoint on pale buff prepared paper. 32 x 20 cm (12 9/16 x 7 7/8 in.) RL 12505. Lent by Her Majesty The Queen. The Royal Collection © 2011, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

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Study of a Woman's Hands, ca. 1489-90

Leonardo da Vinci - Study of a Woman's Hands, ca. 1489-90
Leonardo da Vinci (Italian, 1452-1519) Leonardo da Vinci (Italian, 1452-1519). Study of a Woman's Hands, ca. 1489-90. Metalpoint over charcoal heightened with white on pale buff prepared paper. 21.4 x 15 cm (8 3/8 x 5 7/8 in.) RL 12558. Lent by Her Majesty The Queen. The Royal Collection © 2011, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

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The Ermine as a Symbol of Purity and Moderation, ca. 1489-94

Leonardo da Vinci - The Ermine as a Symbol of Purity and Moderation, ca. 1489-94
Leonardo da Vinci (Italian, 1452-1519) Leonardo da Vinci (Italian, 1452-1519). The Ermine as a Symbol of Purity and Moderation, ca. 1489-94. Pen and brown ink over traces on black chalk on paper. 9.1 cm (3 9/16 in.) diameter. PD.120-196. © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

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Compositional Sketches for the Last Supper, 1490-92

Leonardo da Vinci - Compositional Sketches for the Last Supper; Studies, 1490-92
Leonardo da Vinci (Italian, 1452-1519) Leonardo da Vinci (Italian, 1452-1519). Compositional Sketches for the Last Supper; Architectural and Geometric Studies, 1490-92. Pen and ink on paper. 26.6 x 21.4 cm (10 7/16 x 8 3/8 in.) RL 12542. The Royal Collection © 2011, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Lent by Her Majesty The Queen

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Measured Study of a Foot, ca. 1490-92

Leonardo da Vinci - Measured Study of a Foot, ca. 1490-92
Leonardo da Vinci (Italian, 1452-1519) Leonardo da Vinci (Italian, 1452-1519). Measured Study of a Foot, ca. 1490-92. Red chalk on paper. 9 x 7 cm (3 1/2 x 2 3/4 in.) RL 12635. Lent by Her Majesty The Queen. The Royal Collection © 2011, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

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The Layers of the Scalp and the Ventricles of the Brain, ca. 1490-94

Leonardo da Vinci - The Layers of the Scalp and the Ventricles of the Brain, ca. 1490-94
Leonardo da Vinci (Italian, 1452-1519) Leonardo da Vinci (Italian, 1452-1519). The Layers of the Scalp and the Ventricles of the Brain, ca. 1490-94. Pen and ink and red chalk on paper. 20.3 x 15.2 cm (8 x 6 in.) RL 12603. Lent by Her Majesty The Queen. The Royal Collection © 2011, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

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Head of a Youth, ca. 1491-93

Leonardo da Vinci - Head of a Youth, ca. 1491-93
Leonardo da Vinci (Italian, 1452-1519) Leonardo da Vinci (Italian, 1452-1519). Head of a Youth, ca. 1491-93. Black chalk on paper. 19 x 15 cm (7 7/16 x 5 7/8 in.) RL 12551. Lent by Her Majesty The Queen. The Royal Collection © 2011, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

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Study for the Hands of Saint John, ca. 1491-93

Leonardo da Vinci - Study for the Hands of Saint John, ca. 1491-93
Leonardo da Vinci (Italian, 1452-1519) Leonardo da Vinci (Italian, 1452-1519). Study for the Hands of Saint John, ca. 1491-93. Black chalk on paper. 11.7 x 15.2 cm (4 9/16 x 5 15/16 in.) RL 12543. Lent by Her Majesty The Queen. The Royal Collection © 2011, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

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The Virgin and Child ('The Madonna Litta'), ca. 1491-95

Leonardo da Vinci - The Virgin and Child ('The Madonna Litta'), ca. 1491-95
Leonardo da Vinci (Italian, 1452-1519) Leonardo da Vinci (Italian, 1452-1519). The Virgin and Child ('The Madonna Litta'), ca. 1491-95. Tempera on canvas, transferred from wood. 42 x 33 cm (16 1/2 x 13 in.). GE-249. Photo: Vladimir Terebenin, Leonard Kheifets, Yuri Molodkovets. © The State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg. 2011.

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The Virgin of the Rocks, ca. 1491/2-99 and 1506-08

Leonardo da Vinci - The Virgin of the Rocks, ca. 1491/2-99 and 1506-08
Leonardo da Vinci (Italian, 1452-1519) Leonardo da Vinci (Italian, 1452-1519). The Virgin of the Rocks, ca. 1491/2-99 and 1506-08. Oil on poplar, thinned and cradled. 189.5 x 120 cm (74 9/16 x 47 1/4 in.) NG 1093. The National Gallery, London. © The National Gallery, London

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Study for a Last Supper, ca. 1492

Leonardo da Vinci - Study for a Last Supper, ca. 1492
Leonardo da Vinci (Italian, 1452-1519) Leonardo da Vinci (Italian, 1452-1519). Study for a Last Supper, ca. 1492. Red chalk and traces of pen and ink on paper. 25.9 x 39.4 cm (10 3/16 x 15 1/2 in.) Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venice. © Soprindendenza Speciale per il Polo Museale Venezia

Gabinetto di Disegni e Stampe (254)

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Five Character Studies ('A Man Tricked by Gypsies'), ca. 1493

Leonardo da Vinci - Five Character Studies ('A Man Tricked by Gypsies'), ca. 1493
Leonardo da Vinci (Italian, 1452-1519) Leonardo da Vinci (Italian, 1452-1519). Five Character Studies ('A Man Tricked by Gypsies'), ca. 1493. Pen and ink on paper. 26 x 20.5 cm (10 3/16 x 8 1/16 in.) RL 12495. Lent by Her Majesty The Queen. The Royal Collection © 2011, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

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Portrait of a Woman ('La Belle Ferronnière'), ca. 1493-94

Leonardo da Vinci - Portrait of a Woman ('La Belle Ferronnière'), ca. 1493-94
Leonardo da Vinci (Italian, 1452-1519) Leonardo da Vinci (Italian, 1452-1519). Portrait of a Woman ('La Belle Ferronnière'), ca. 1493-94. Oil on walnut. 63 x 45 cm (24 3/4 x 17 11/16 in.) Département des Peintures (778). Musée du Louvre, Paris. © RMN / Franck Raux

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Drapery Study for the Right Sleeve of Saint Peter, ca. 1493-96

Leonardo da Vinci - Drapery Study for the Right Sleeve of Saint Peter, ca. 1493-96
Leonardo da Vinci (Italian, 1452-1519) Leonardo da Vinci (Italian, 1452-1519). Drapery Study for the Right Sleeve of Saint Peter, ca. 1493-96. Black chalk and pen and ink heightened with white on paper. 16.6 x 15.5 cm (6 1/2 x 6 1/16 in.) RL 12546. Lent by Her Majesty The Queen. The Royal Collection © 2011, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

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Head and Shoulders of a Child in Profile, ca. 1494-96

Leonardo da Vinci - Head and Shoulders of a Child in Profile, ca. 1494-96
Leonardo da Vinci (Italian, 1452-1519) Leonardo da Vinci (Italian, 1452-1519). Head and Shoulders of a Child in Profile, ca. 1494-96. Red chalk on paper. 10 x 10 cm (3 15/16 x 3 15/16 in.) RL 12519. Lent by Her Majesty The Queen. The Royal Collection © 2011, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

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Torso and Shoulders of a Child Seen from Front and Back, ca. 1494-96

Leonardo da Vinci - Torso and Shoulders of a Child Seen from Front and Back, ca. 1494-96
Leonardo da Vinci (Italian, 1452-1519) Leonardo da Vinci (Italian, 1452-1519). Torso and Shoulders of a Child Seen from Front and Back, ca. 1494-96. Red chalk on white paper. 16.5 x 13.6 cm (6 1/2 x 5 5/16 in.) RL 12567. Lent by Her Majesty The Queen. The Royal Collection © 2011, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

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The Head of Saint James in the Last Supper, ca. 1495

Leonardo da Vinci - The Head of Saint James in the Last Supper, ca. 1495
Leonardo da Vinci (Italian, 1452-1519) Leonardo da Vinci (Italian, 1452-1519). The Head of Saint James in the Last Supper, ca. 1495. Red chalk and pen and ink. 25.2 x 17.2 cm (9 15/16 x 6 3/4 in.) RL 12552. Lent by Her Majesty The Queen. The Royal Collection © 2011, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

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Idealized Head of a Woman, ca. 1495

After Leonardo da Vinci - Idealized Head of a Woman, ca. 1495
After Leonardo da Vinci (Italian, 1452-1519) After Leonardo da Vinci (Italian, 1452-1519). Idealized Head of a Woman, ca. 1495. Engraving. 13.6 x 13 cm (5 5/16 x 5 1/16 in.) The British Museum (1850,1109.92). © The Trustees of The British Museum

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Knot Pattern, ca. 1495

After Leonardo da Vinci - Knot Pattern, ca. 1495
After Leonardo da Vinci (Italian, 1452-1519) After Leonardo da Vinci (Italian, 1452-1519). Knot Pattern, ca. 1495. Engraving. 29 x 21 cm (11 3/8 x 8 1/4 in.) The British Museum (1877,0113.364). © The Trustees of The British Museum

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Study of a Man with his Head Turned, ca. 1495

Leonardo da Vinci - Study of a Man with his Head Turned, ca. 1495
Leonardo da Vinci (Italian, 1452-1519) Leonardo da Vinci (Italian, 1452-1519). Study of a Man with his Head Turned, ca. 1495. Red chalk on red prepared paper. 18 x 15 cm (7 1/16 x 5 7/8 in.) RL 12547. Lent by Her Majesty The Queen. The Royal Collection © 2011, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

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Christ as Salvator Mundi, ca. 1499 onwards

Leonardo da Vinci - Christ as Salvator Mundi, ca. 1499 onwards
Leonardo da Vinci (Italian, 1452-1519) Leonardo da Vinci (Italian, 1452-1519). Christ as Salvator Mundi, ca. 1499 onwards. Oil on walnut. 65.5 x 45.1 cm (25 3/4 x 17 3/4 in.). Private collection. Photo Tim Nighswander/Imaging4Art. © 2011 Salvator Mundi, LLC.

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Virgin and Child ('The Madonna of the Yarnwinder'), ca. 1499 onwards

Leonardo da Vinci - Virgin and Child ('The Madonna of the Yarnwinder'), ca. 1499 onwards
Leonardo da Vinci (Italian, 1452-1519) and anonymous sixteenth-century painter Leonardo da Vinci (Italian, 1452-1519) and anonymous sixteenth-century painter. Virgin and Child ('The Madonna of the Yarnwinder'), ca. 1499 onwards. Oil on walnut. 48.9 cm x 36.8 cm (19 1/4 x 14 7/16 in.) Photo Antonia Reeve. © The 10th Duke of Buccleuch and The Trustees of the Buccleuch Living Heritage Trust

Private Collection, on loan to the National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh.

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The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne and Saint John the Baptist, ca. 1499-1500

Leonardo da Vinci- The Burlington House Cartoon, ca. 1499-1500
Leonardo da Vinci (Italian, 1452-1519) Leonardo da Vinci (Italian, 1452-1519). The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne and Saint John the Baptist, ca. 1499-1500. Charcoal heightened with white chalk on paper, mounted on canvas. 141.5 x 104.6 cm (55 11/16 x 41 3/16 in.). © The National Gallery, London

Also known as 'The Burlington House Cartoon.' Purchased with a special grant and contributions from The Art Fund, the Pilgrim Trust, and through a public appeal organised by The Art Fund, 1962. NG6337.

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Bust of a Woman, ca. 1499-1501

Leonardo da Vinci - Bust of a Woman, ca. 1499-1501
Leonardo da Vinci (Italian, 1452-1519) Leonardo da Vinci (Italian, 1452-1519). Bust of a Woman, ca. 1499-1501. Red chalk and silver–point on red paper. 22.1 x 15.9 cm (8 11/16 x 6 1/4 in.) RL 12514. Lent by Her Majesty The Queen. The Royal Collection © 2011, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

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The Last Supper, ca. 1520

Giovan Pietro Rizzoli, called Giampietrino - The Last Supper, ca. 1520
Giovan Pietro Rizzoli, called Giampietrino (Italian, active ca. 1508-1549) Giovan Pietro Rizzoli, called Giampietrino (Italian, active ca. 1508-1549). The Last Supper, ca. 1520. Oil on canvas. 302 x 785 cm (118 7/8 x 309 in.) 03/1230. © Royal Academy of Arts, London