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First Pastel Portrait By Da Vinci


"La Bella Principessa" was a wedding portrait of Bianca Sanseverino. It was done done for her wedding book in 1496. Bianca,was "the illegitimate daughter of Ludovico Sforza, who was Leonardo's employer at the time.

The PBS Bova documentry "Mystery of a Masterpiece" is no longer available but the transcript is , here.

This may be one of the first pastel portraits ever done. Leonardo probably learned the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trois_crayons Trois crayons (red, white, black chalks )method from the French artist Jean Perréal, who he met in Milan, Itly,

La Bella Principessa