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The “Baptism of Christ” is considered Leonardo da Vinci’s earliest work. He didn’t paint the whole thing; just the angel holding Jesus’s robe, plus a bit of the landscape. Leonardo’s mentor Verrocchio is responsible for much of the scene, but when he saw how well his apprentice had captured the angel, it’s said he put down his brush and never painted again. In truth, the Baptism is Verrocchio’s last-known painting, but he said himself that he far preferred sculpting to painting, so he was probably glad to have someone else to take on these kinds of commissions.

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