Madonna Litta

By Leonardo da Vinci SKU:15534

Leonardo da Vinci's "Madonna Litta" is a renowned painting created around the year 1490. This masterpiece portrays the Madonna and Child, depicting the Virgin Mary lovingly embracing the infant Jesus. What makes this artwork particularly special is Leonardo's meticulous attention to detail, his mastery of light and shadow, and the tender intimacy he captures between the figures. The delicately rendered expressions and the softness of the drapery enhance the overall sense of serenity and maternal love. "Madonna Litta" showcases Leonardo's technical brilliance and his ability to infuse spirituality and human emotion into his art, cementing its significance in art history.

51 cm

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Title: “Leonardo da Vinci’s Madonna Litta: A Masterpiece of Serene Maternal Love”

Year Painted: 1490

Leonardo da Vinci’s “Madonna Litta” is an iconic painting from the Renaissance period, created around the year 1490. This masterpiece showcases the renowned artist’s unparalleled skill and artistry, as well as his ability to capture the essence of maternal love and spirituality.

The painting features the Madonna, or Virgin Mary, tenderly cradling the infant Jesus in her arms. Leonardo’s attention to detail is evident in every aspect of the artwork, from the meticulously rendered expressions to the delicate play of light and shadow. The softness of the drapery further enhances the overall sense of serenity and grace.

What makes “Madonna Litta” truly remarkable is Leonardo’s ability to infuse his art with deep emotion. The painting radiates an aura of maternal love, evoking a sense of profound tenderness and intimacy. The bond between Mary and Jesus is palpable, creating a connection that resonates with viewers on a deeply human level.

Leonardo’s technical brilliance is also on full display in “Madonna Litta.” His use of sfumato, a technique that involves blending colors and tones to create soft transitions, lends a sense of ethereal beauty to the painting. The play of light and shadow adds depth and dimension, giving the figures a lifelike quality.

The significance of “Madonna Litta” extends beyond its artistic excellence. It represents an important shift in the portrayal of the Madonna and Child in art history. While earlier depictions often presented Mary and Jesus as distant and formal, Leonardo’s interpretation introduces a sense of warmth and emotional connection. This innovative approach revolutionized the way artists portrayed religious subjects, leaving a lasting impact on the art world.

Today, “Madonna Litta” is housed in the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, where it continues to captivate visitors with its beauty and emotional resonance. The painting serves as a testament to Leonardo da Vinci’s extraordinary talent and his ability to capture the human experience through art. It remains an enduring symbol of maternal love and a testament to the enduring power of Renaissance masterpieces.

In conclusion, Leonardo da Vinci’s “Madonna Litta” is a masterpiece that transcends time. Painted in 1490, it showcases the artist’s technical brilliance and his ability to evoke profound emotions. Its depiction of maternal love and the revolutionary approach to religious art make it a truly special painting that continues to inspire and captivate audiences worldwide.

Original size:
33 x 42 cm (width x height)
Art style:
Minimal order width:
40 cm
Maximum order width:
122 cm

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