Made by Leonardo da Vinci / Head of the Virgin / 1507-1513Made by Leonardo da Vinci
Head of the Virgin

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Creator Name: Leonardo Da Vinci
Creator Nationality: European; Southern European; Italian
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: Italian, b. Vinci 1452 - d. Cloux 1519
Creator Birth Place: Vinci
Creator Death Place: Cloux
Creator Name-CRT: Made by Leonardo da Vinci
Title: Head of the Virgin
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1507
Creation End Date: 1513
Creation Date: 1507-1513
Object Type: Drawings and Watercolors
Materials and Techniques: Charcoal, black and red chalks; traces of framing line in pen and brown ink at upper right
Dimensions: 8 x 6-1/8 in. (20.3 x 15.6 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 51.90
Credit Line: Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1951

This exquisitely finished drawing closely relates to the oil painting of the 'Virgin and Child with Saint Anne' (Musée du Louvre, Paris), of about 1508-12, and may have been a preparatory study. To render the infinite gradations of light and shadow, the artist used the sfumato technique, softly stumping the strokes of chalk. The effect is that of seamlessly blended tone 'in the manner of smoke' ('fumo'). Although the drawing surface has suffered somewhat, this study is unmistakably by Leonardo, and vividly illustrates the depth of his explorations of optical phenomena late in his career. Some of the major drawings for the Louvre picture are in the Royal Library at Windsor Castle, England.

AMICA ID: MMA_.51.90
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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