Leonardo’s landscapes

If we compare the landscape of the Mona Lisa with other paintings by Leonardo, we notice his habit of presenting human figures against a background representing the history of creation. The figures are placed in front of wild-looking landscapes featuring long mountain ranges bordered by natural lakes.

  1. Madonna of the Carnation, a.k.a. Madonna with Child (c. 1475)
  2. The Virgin of the Rocks (c. 1499)
  3. The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne (c. 1503–1519)
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