Virgin and Child with Cat

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  • Virgin and Child with Cat
  • View: Verso drawing, overall view

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Title

Virgin and Child with Cat
View: Verso drawing, overall view

Subject

animal; human figure; New Testament; Jesus Christ; Mary, Blessed Virgin, Saint; study; sketch

Description

The drawing shows the seated Virgin holding the Christ Child on her right knee. The Child in turn grasps a cat which struggles to escape. The forms twist and turn within the space defined by the thin line of an arch. The moving figures form a triangle or pyramid, in a geometrical composition that is typical of Leonardo. At the top left of the sheet, the outline of a clock suggests that the sketch was a study for the Virgin and Child in a domestic setting. On the verso side of the page, he reworked the entire group, adjusting the position of the head of the Virgin, and applying an ink wash in order to model the figures more three-dimensionally and unify the forms of the composition through light and shade.

Creator

Leonardo da Vinci (Italian artist, 1452-1519)

Source

Description: British Museum [website]; http://www.britishmuseum.org

Date

ca. 1478-1481 (creation)

Contributor

Fredlund, William

Rights

William Fredlund

Format

sepia (iron-gall) ink and wash on paper
13 cm (height) x 9.4 cm (width)

Type

drawing (visual work)

Identifier

leon048.jpg

Coverage

British Museum (London, England, United Kingdom) PD 1856-6-21-1 recto; Great Russell Street; page is two-sided
Renaissance

Files

Citation

Leonardo da Vinci (Italian artist, 1452-1519), “Virgin and Child with Cat,” Institute Images Online, accessed November 19, 2018, http://westerncivart.com/items/show/2890.

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