The Annunciation

The Annunciation, thought to be Leonardo's earliest complete work, is found in The Uffizi Gallery in Florence. It follows an arrangement of the scene by Fra Angelico: the Virgin Mary is sitting or kneeling to the right of the picture and is approached from the left by the Archangel Gabriel. Here, we see Mary place a finger in the Bible to mark the place where she was interrupted.

Madonna of the Yarnwinder

As a guest of the Servite monks at Santissima Annunziata in Florence, after his return to the city from Milan around 1500, Leonardo painted Madonna of the Yarnwinder. But it survives only in copies.

Madonna with Carnation

The Madonna of the Carnation, painted around 1478-1480, shows a young Virgin Mary seated with the Infant Jesus on her lap. Mary holds a carnation (the symbol of the Incarnation) and wears precious clothes and jewelry. The work is permanently displayed at the Alte Pinakothek gallery in Munich.


Adoration of the Magi

This unfinished painting was a commission from the city of Florence, for the monastery of San Donato a Scopeto. Leonardo gave up the project in 1482, when he entered the service of the Duke of Milan.

Madonna Benois

In the Madonna Benois, completed in Verrocchio's workshop in Florence, Leonardo "succeeded in giving an old traditional type of picture a new, unusually charming, and expressive mood by showing the Christ child reaching for the flower in Mary's hand in a sweet and tender manner," says the Encyclopaedia Britannica.

Madonna Litta

The Madonna Litta, now in the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, is one of the works executed in Leonardo's workshop in Milan. Scholars have been unable to agree about who painted this Madonna and several other works from this period—the Master or one of his disciples.

The Virgin of the Rocks

The Virgin of the Rocks, commissioned as an altar painting for the Confraternity of the Immaculate Conception, was one of only six works Leonardo completed in his 17 years in the service of the Duke of Milan. It depicts a legend that John the Baptist and the young Jesus met while the Holy Family was returning home from Egypt.

Virgin and Child with St. Anne

On Leonardo's return to Florence from Milan around 1500, the Servite monks at the Basilica of Santissima Annunziata provided him with a place to live and a workshop. Here, he painted The Virgin and Child with St. Anne.


Virgin and Child with St. Anne and John the Baptist

As a guest of the Servites in Florence, Leonardo also worked on this Virgin and Child with St. Anne and John the Baptist.

St. John the Baptist

Toward the end of his life, after a disappointing sojourn in Rome, Leonardo accepted an invitation from King Francis I to move to France. He took up residence in the small palace of Cloux, near the king's summer residence in Amboise on the Loire. It is thought that he completed this portrait of St. John the Baptist there.

Salvator Mundi

In November 2017, Salvator Mundi became perhaps more famous than even Leonardo's Last Supper, as it was sold at auction for a record $450.3 million. And that, in spite of intense debate over whether it was even Leonardo who painted it. The anonymous winning bidder turned out to be a close ally of Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Recently, the painting again surfaced in headlines—precisely because it has not surfaced anywhere else. The Louvre Abu Dhabi was supposed to put it on display, but nobody there will say where it is.

St. Jerome in the Wilderness

In the 1480s, Leonardo received two important commissions and started on another work that was of ground-breaking importance in terms of composition. One was St. Jerome in the Wilderness, showing the saint as a penitent. Across the foreground sprawls his symbol, the lion.