Benois Madonna

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  • Benois Madonna
  • Madonna and Child with Flowers
  • View: Overall view without frame

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Title

Benois Madonna
Madonna and Child with Flowers
View: Overall view without frame

Subject

human figure; New Testament; plants; botanical; 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. The Benois Madonna and Child (ca. 1479-1481; St Petersburg, Hermitage) is close in conception to the documented Adoration of the Magi. The figures are combined in such a way as to forge a new kind of formal and emotional interaction. This is achieved both through the interweaving of the motions and gestures and by the rhythmic interplay of curves in the composition. For centuries, Madonna and Child with Flowers was considered lost. In 1909, the architect Leon Benois sensationally exhibited it in St. Petersburg as part of his father-in-law's collection; he sold it to the Hermitage in 1914. The area of the window has been overpainted.

Creator

Leonardo da Vinci (Italian painter, 1452-1519)

Source

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

Date

ca. 1479-1481 (creation)

Contributor

Fredlund, William

Rights

William Fredlund

Format

Oil on canvas
19.5 x 13 in (width)

Type

painting (visual work)

Identifier

leon045x.jpg

Coverage

Hermitage Museum (Saint Petersburg, Rossiya, Russia); 38 Palace Embankment, Dvortsovy; Collection of M. A. Benois, Petrograd. 1914
Renaissance

Files

Citation

Leonardo da Vinci (Italian painter, 1452-1519), “Benois Madonna,” Institute Images Online, accessed October 21, 2018, http://westerncivart.com/items/show/2887.

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