The Beautiful Paradoxes of da Vinci’s Teacher at National Gallery of Art

Andrea del Verrocchio’s “Bust of Christ” (c. 1470/1483). Credit Yale University Art Gallery
The 15th-century painter and sculptor Andrea del Verrocchio stood at the center of the Renaissance. A favorite of the Medicis, he was a teacher to Pietro Perugino and Leonardo da Vinci. With lips set and eyes downcast, Verrocchio’s painted terra-cotta bust of Christ — one of dozens of treasures in “Verrocchio: Sculptor and Painter of Renaissance Florence” at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. — projects confidence, resignation, weariness, compassion, devotion to duty, pain and an exalted kind of loneliness. [More]
Andrea del Verrocchio, Lady with Flowers, c. 1475/1480, marble, Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence