Madonna with the Baby (Madonna Benoit), da Vinci, 1478
- Posted by Leonardo da Vinci
- Museum: Hermitage
- Year: 1478
Overview of the painting :
Madonna with the Baby (Madonna Benoit) – Leonardo da Vinci. 1478. Oil on canvas. 49.5×33
Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) is the largest representative of the art of the Italian Renaissance. Madonna Benoit is undoubtedly one of the iconic paintings of the artist. The center of the composition is a flower in the hands of the Virgin Mary, to which the Baby Jesus reaches. The master places the Madonna, dressed in the Florentine fashion of the 15th century, and the Baby in a room with a single light source – a window in the back of the room. However, a different, soft light pours from above, it is he who enlivens the canvas with a light-sharp game, which gives the figures volume, reveals the finest model of the form. The color of the picture is faint, slightly muffled.
Prior to entering Hermitage in 1914, the work was in St. Petersburg, in a collection of the famous art historian Alexander Benoit.