This is a fairly early work in Leonardo's career. It was commissioned for the altar of the Cathedral Pistola.
Below left detail of a sketch by Leonardo da Vinci of the Virgin holding out a bowl of fruit to the baby Jesus (1478 - 80). This was possibly done as a study for the Benois Madonna.
Above, Leonardo da Vinci, study for the Adoration of the Kings (1481 - 2). Pen, brown ink, black chalk.
Below a study (detail) for the "Madonna Litta" by Leonardo da Vinci, c. 1480. Graphite and silverpoint on green paper.
Left sketches for the "Adoration of the kings" by Leonardo da Vinci c. 1480. Pen and ink over metalpoint, with some wash.
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