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Saint John The Baptist by Leonardo da Vinci

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Let's take a closer look at Saint John The Baptist by Leonardo da Vinci. I'll cover:

Saint John The Baptist, Leonardo da Vinci, 1513
Saint John The Baptist, Leonardo da Vinci, 1513

Date created: 1513

Dimensions: 27.16 × 22.44 inches

Current ownership: Louvre, Paris

Medium: Oil on walnut wood

Below are the main colors used in the painting. Copy the hex code for use in Photoshop or other editing software.

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(You can check the color palette of paintings using this tool by Adobe.)

Here's the painting in grayscale so you can clearly see the different values (lights and shadows):

Saint John The Baptist, Leonardo da Vinci, 1513 (Greyscale)

(Use this free image tool to apply a grid and grayscale to photos of your paintings.)

Below is a notan of the painting created using Photoshop. This is the most basic design of lights and darks. It often reveals subtle value patterns that are easy to miss in the full-color image.

Saint John The Baptist, Leonardo da Vinci, 1513 (Notan)

Below is the painting with a grid over the top so we can analyze it in terms of the rule of thirds. The grid lines and intersections are considered aesthetically pleasing areas.

Saint John The Baptist, Leonardo da Vinci, 1513 (Law of Thirds)

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