The painting demonstrates an eerie beauty as the graceful figures kneel in adoration around the infant Christ in a wild landscape of tumbling rock and whirling water.
They not only helped inform him as a painter, but also as a sculptor, draftsmen, and an inventor. It has been said that the bronze slated for use in the sculpture was repurposed for cannon casting in what inevitably proved to be the unsuccessful defense of Milan from Charles VIII in the war with France.
All his interests were concerned with the processes of action, movement, pressure, and growth. But it seems more likely that Leonardo was seduced by the invitation from the flamboyant Milanese Court, and the opportunity for progressing his reputation and career.
It was during this period that he experimented with radically new and different painting techniques. He also devised efficient military weapons such as an early example of the machine gun, and his famous large crossbow. He was buried in the Chapel of Saint-Hubert in the castle of Amboise.
While living in Milan between and Leonardo listed a woman called Caterina among his dependents in his taxation documents. It depicts the dramatic moment when Jesus tells the apostles that one of them will betray him soon.