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Leonardos Annunciation For the young Florentine painter Leonardo de Vinci was quite emphatic with portraying things as they were seen This naturalism was quite apparent in many of his early works and carried out throughout his entire ensemble of pieces that are attributed to his name Leonardo was fascinated with nature Many of his earliest sketches are of plants flowers and botanicals which are represented with great detail and labor striving to give them the beauty that he experienced from them This desire to portray things naturally or realistically carried over into his backgrounds his portrayal of figures his draperies and his many other talents sculpture sketches and even making the pigments of the paints he used in order to better represent his figures more realistically Many of these characteristics are seen in one of his earliest paintings Leonardos Annunciation From analysis of this painting we can see this young painters desire to paint naturally realistically portraying the figures the background the flowers the trees and the niche in which the Virgin sits This painting although some doubt is totally by the hand of Leonard shows many of his unique styles These styles he may have learned in Verrocchios workshop however he made his own renditions to these styles This is apparent in many aspects of the Annunciation as well First by looking at Leonardos very realistic drapery of the angle and the Virgin we see his attention to naturalism Leonardo made many drapery studies many of which we have today that are very obviously redone in many of his works By comparing his drapery studies to the drapery of the angle and the Virgin it is quite evident that they are by the same hand This style of drapery became a very Leonardesque characteristic of his paintings This style although no doubt learned in Verrocchios workshop I believe surpasses any of the drapery studies that we have from Verrocchio himself Verrocchios studies do not
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