Leonardo’s preparation for his paintings came in many shapes and sizes. He would sketch interesting people he saw, practice shading and perspective, and even study the plants and animals around him. Here is just a sample of the wide variety of such sketches that he made. (You can see others on the pagesof animals and nature.)


Preperations for the Last Supper

Isabella d’Este

Virgin and Child with St. Anne

St. Jerome

Adoration of the Magi


Battle Painting