365 Days of Art: September 28 – Monks Pay Leonardo Final Payment for Unfinished Commission

Leonardo da Vinci, Adoration of the Magi (unfinished), 1481

Leonardo da Vinci, Adoration of the Magi (unfinished), 1481

September 28, 1481

The monks of San Donato a Scopeto in Florence make a payment to Leonardo da Vinci for their commission of Adoration of the Magi. This will be their final payment, since Leonardo, notoriously slow in completing commissions, never finishes this one because he leaves Florence for Milan. The unfinished work has been exhibited in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence since 1670.