Enfilade

From the December 2011 Issue of ‘Apollo Magazine’

Posted in journal articles by Editor on December 23, 2011

From Apollo Magazine:

Michael Burrell, “Reynolds and Leonardo,” Apollo Magazine (December 2011)

Joshua Reynolds, "The Revd Laurence Sterne," 1760 (London: National Portrait Gallery)

Among the highlights of the National Gallery’s current exhibition on Leonardo da Vinci is his Last Supper [a near-contemporary, full-scale copy on loan from the Royal Academy]. The fresco greatly influenced Sir Joshua Reynolds’ Society of Dilettanti paintings, and is one of nine new examples of Reynolds’ borrowing from the master, revealed here for the first time.

The borrowings of the 18th-century painter Sir Joshua Reynolds are the subject of fascination and much discussion. One painting by Reynolds, The Revd Laurence Sterne, has already been identified as derived from a Studio of Leonardo da Vinci painting. This article proposes other works by Reynolds that are derived from or influenced by Leonardo: a Leonardo drawing in the Ashmolean; a painting that was at the time in the Palazzo Barberini and attributed to Leonardo or a follower; and, intriguingly, Leonardo’s Last Supper. . . .

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