Virgin and Child with a Vase of Flowers

All Titles

  • Virgin and Child with a Vase of Flowers
  • Madonna of the Carnation
  • View: Overall view (slightly cropped on left)

Dublin Core

Title

Virgin and Child with a Vase of Flowers
Madonna of the Carnation
View: Overall view (slightly cropped on left)

Subject

human figure; New Testament; plants; botanical; saints; Jesus Christ; Mary, Blessed Virgin, Saint

Description

There is a reasonable consensus of opinion on the attribution of other surviving paintings to Leonardo's first Florentine period, though less agreement about dating. Of the Virgin and Child paintings most closely associated with Leonardo in the 1470s (when, according to his own notes, he had begun ‘two Madonnas’), the Virgin and Child with a Vase of Flowers (ca. 1474-1476; Munich, Alte Pin.) is the least fluent compositionally and stylistically the closest to works produced in Verrocchio’s studio. Among the elements of the Virgin and Child in Munich recognizable as motifs common in Verrocchio’s studio are the spiral knots of hair, the bunched drapery of the bodice held by a jewel, the precious gesture of the hand holding a carnation and the meticulous observation of the vase of flowers. The composition is assembled by adding one detail to another but is not conceived as a whole, and it is characteristic of such compositions produced in Florence at this period. However, Leonardo endeavoured to imbue the drapery and the motion of the Child with vigour and variety, and the flower buds are about to burst open, imparting a sense of superabundant vitality. The effects of atmospheric perspective in the strange, mountainous landscape are recognizably Leonardesque, and the puckered and wrinkled paint surface also bears witness to his experiments with the oil medium, even at this early date.

Creator

attributed to Leonardo da Vinci (Italian painter, 1452-1519)

Source

Description: Grove Art Online; http://www.oxfordartonline.com/

Date

ca. 1474-1476 (creation)

Contributor

Fredlund, William

Rights

William Fredlund

Format

oil paint on panel
24 x 18.7 in (width)

Type

painting (visual work)

Identifier

leon044x.jpg

Coverage

Alte Pinakothek (Munich, Bavaria, Germany) Inv. no. 7779; Kunstareal, city center; Acquired 1889
Renaissance

Files

Citation

attributed to Leonardo da Vinci (Italian painter, 1452-1519), “Virgin and Child with a Vase of Flowers,” Institute Images Online, accessed December 16, 2017, http://westerncivart.com/items/show/2886.

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