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Free Lecture. Members Count Help us bring life to art, and art to lives. That he gave up both projects seems to indicate that he had deeper reasons for leaving Florence. Highly esteemed, he was constantly kept busy as a painter and sculptor and as a designer of court festivals.
Early period: Florence
He was also frequently consulted as a technical adviser in the fields of architecture, fortifications, and military matters, and he served as a hydraulic and mechanical engineer. As a painter, Leonardo completed six works in the 17 years in Milan. According to contemporary sources, Leonardo was commissioned to create three more pictures, but these works have since disappeared or were never done.
From about to , he worked on the altar painting The Virgin of the Rocks , a project that led to 10 years of litigation between the Confraternity of the Immaculate Conception , which commissioned it, and Leonardo; for uncertain purposes, this legal dispute led Leonardo to create another version of the work in about During this first Milanese period he also made one of his most famous works, the monumental wall painting Last Supper —98 in the refectory of the monastery of Santa Maria delle Grazie for more analysis of this work, see below Last Supper.
Also of note is the decorative ceiling painting he made for the Sala delle Asse in the Milan Castello Sforzesco.
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During this period Leonardo worked on a grandiose sculptural project that seems to have been the real reason he was invited to Milan: a monumental equestrian statue in bronze to be erected in honour of Francesco Sforza , the founder of the Sforza dynasty. Leonardo devoted 12 years—with interruptions—to this task.
In the clay model of the horse was put on public display on the occasion of the marriage of Emperor Maximilian to Bianca Maria Sforza, and preparations were made to cast the colossal figure, which was to be 16 feet 5 metres high. But, because of the imminent danger of war, the metal, ready to be poured, was used to make cannons instead, causing the project to come to a halt.
The ensuing war left the clay model a heap of ruins. As a master artist, Leonardo maintained an extensive workshop in Milan, employing apprentices and students. Scholars have been unable to agree in their attributions of these works. Leonardo da Vinci.
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