St. Catherine of Alexandria
The Lombardian painter Bernardino Luini (1480?-1532) was very impressed seeing
works during Leonardo's second stay in Milan (1506 - 1513). He studied Leonardo's drawings,
compositions, chiaro-scuro and sfumato techniques to the best of his knowledge and ability.
In his later works he imitated the style of Leonardo so exactly and in all
its details that his paintings could not be easily distinguished from Leonardo's
original works. Luini's "St. Catherine of Alexandria" (ca. 1527)
until 1863 was recognized
as Leonardo's original work. Despite of Luini's diligence and his studies of Leonardo style,
he was never able to surpass Leonardo bella maniera.
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