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Leonardo da Vinchi
42x33 cm. tempera on canvas. 1490-91
State Hermitage. Saint-Petersburg, Russia
This painting is an interpretation of Leonardo da Vinci art work “Madonna Litta (1490-1491), which is a part of the State Hermitage collection (Saint-Petersburg, Russia). “Madonna Litta” brightly embodied the ideals of High Renaissance and enjoyed vast popularity in Leonardo’s epoch. Therefore, multiple copies and free interpretations, fulfilled by Master’s apprentices and followers, are known to exist.
The original painting represents Virgin Maria breast-feeding the baby Christ. The baby Christ holds in his hands a nestling goldfinch-symbol of the Passion. In the process of copying, the essential changes have been made to the composition by the customer’s request, so that baby Christ’s figure was replaced with a bundle of mellow wheat. These changes turned the painting’s symbolic content to the allegoric one. According to New Testament, germinating wheat grain is allegory of Christ’s death and resurrection. This new version of “Madonna Litta” gives further development to mentioned idea. Virgin Maria is shown pregnant. She is scrutinizing the wheat as if foreseeing her child’s fate. Blue wildflowers, interlaced with the bundle of wheat, become a symbol of hopes.
Modified composition caused the change in disposition of Virgin Maria’s hands. The hands almost submerged by shawl in original painting became a knot of the new composition. This is the reason why a series of sketches to fix disposition of hands in Leonardo’s and other old masters’ works have been prepared beforehand.
The work has been partly implemented immediately in front of the original painting, which is exposed at the State Hermitage.
To recreate fine pictorial surface of the “Madonna Litta”, the copyist painter had to use classical painting technique, apply multiple glaze coats. This period of work was the most lasting and accurate.
Madonna of crops. Replica from Leonardo da Vinci painting “Madonna Litta”.
42x33 cm. oil on canvas.
Time of performance: August to September 2005.
© 2015 «Academy of Arts» Foundation, Saint-Petersburg, Russia
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