Preparatory study for the background of the Adoration of the Magi

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  • Preparatory study for the background of the Adoration of the Magi
  • View: Detail, left side (slightly cropped on right)

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Title

Preparatory study for the background of the Adoration of the Magi
View: Detail, left side (slightly cropped on right)

Subject

architecture; architectural drawing; sketch; preparatory drawing; perspective

Description

This meticulous perspective study relates to the architectural structure seen in the background of the Adoration of the Magi altarpiece, which Leonardo left unfinished before leaving for Milan sometime in 1481 or 1482. In this careful and complex drawing, Leonardo works towards achieving an asymmetrical balance that prevents the eye from focusing on a central vanishing point, by placing the point at which the orthogonals converge to the right of the centre.

Creator

Leonardo da Vinci (Italian artist, 1452-1519)

Source

Description: Universal Leonardo [website from University of the Arts, London]; http://www.universalleonardo.org/

Date

1481 (creation)

Contributor

Fredlund, William

Rights

William Fredlund

Format

Pen and ink over metalpoint with brown wash and traces of white heightening on paper
16.3 cm (height) x 29 cm (width)

Type

drawing (visual work)

Identifier

leon064.jpg

Coverage

Galleria degli Uffizi (Florence, Tuscany, Italy); Piazzale degli Uffizi 6; Gabinetto dei Disegni e delle Stampe degli Uffizi
Renaissance

Files

Citation

Leonardo da Vinci (Italian artist, 1452-1519), “Preparatory study for the background of the Adoration of the Magi,” Institute Images Online, accessed October 21, 2018, http://westerncivart.com/items/show/2906.

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