On this day in
1791 died Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, prolific and highly influential composer of Classical music.
1870 Alexandre Dumas, writer, died at 68
1906 Otto Preminger, American producer, director, and actor, was born
1911 Alfred Manessier French painter was born
1926 died Claude Monet, French Impressionist painter.
Masterpiece of Leonardo da Vinci, restored with the assistance of the Centre for Research and Restoration of Museums of France, the Virgin and Child with Saint Anne by Leonardo da Vinci is the heart of an extraordinary exhibition at the Louvre Museum that brings together for the first time all documents related to this panel.The beginning of the slow and complex genesis of the painting dates back to 1501, when it was first mentioned in the correspondence of Isabella d'Este. Leonardo only continued to develop this ambitious composition, which he left unfinished at his death in 1519. Compositional sketches, preparatory drawings, studies of landscape and a beautiful box of the National Gallery in London - never shown next to the table since the death of Leonardo - illustrate, among other things and reflect differing solutions proposed by the master. The presentation of other paintings by Leonardo da Vinci also serves to show how the Sainte Anne is the true culmination of a research on art and nature. In order to give full dimension to the novelty of this work, the exhibition also seeks to replace it in the iconographic tradition related to the subject (the Virgin and Child with St. Anne) and has interested in the significant influence it had on Italian art of the early sixteenth century.
Image: Léonard de Vinci, La Vierge à l’Enfant avec sainte Anne. Avant restauration. 1503-1519. Huile sur bois. 168 x130 (largeur initiale : 112) cm. Paris, musée du Louvre, Inv. 776 © 2007 Musée du Louvre / Angèle Dequier
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