Leonardo da Vinci: Ginevra de' Benci, Magnet

About the Artist

Although only 10 paintings by Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519) exist in the world today, among them are the best-known and most highly revered paintings in the Western tradition: the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper. Despite these high achievements in painting, Leonardo would likely still be known to us today for his extraordinarily versatile intellect and creative mind. Equally skilled as a sculptor, architect, urban planner, inventor, anatomist, military strategist, and visionary who anticipated the invention of aircraft, submarines, and other technologies centuries before their invention, he was among the most influential figures of the Renaissance in Europe. Ginevra de' Benci, a portrait painting at the National Gallery of Art, is the only painting by Leonardo on public view in the Western Hemisphere.

Leonardo da Vinci: Ginevra de' Benci, Magnet

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Take home a National Gallery of Art souvenir magnet featuring Leonardo da Vinci's Ginevra de' Benci (c. 1474/1478). Ginevra was the daughter of a wealthy Florentine banker, and her portrait—the only painting by Leonardo da Vinci on public view in the Americas—was probably commissioned around the time of her marriage at age 16.


The portrait is among Leonardo’s earliest experiments with the new medium of oil paint, and some wrinkling of the surface shows that he was still learning to control it. Nonetheless, the careful observation of nature and subtle three-dimensionality of Ginevra's face point unmistakably to the new naturalism with which Leonardo would transform Renaissance painting.

  • 2.5 × 2.5 inches

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