“The Sainte Anne”, Leonardo da Vinci’s ultimate masterpiece, at the Louvre

The Musée du Louvre will host an exhibition presenting Leonardo da Vinci’s iconographic masterpiece, « The Sainte Anne », from March 29th to June 25th 2012.

 

Whether you are keen on art or an ordinary visitor, you will get the opportunity to contemplate a painting which marked times and provided a new artistic language for both technique and symbolism.

The exhibition revolves around two sections: the labour of conception and the pictorial execution of da Vinci, and among the works he inspired can be found, for example, artwork from Michelangelo, Andrea Solario, or Raphael and his « la belle jardinière ».

Preparatory drawings and notorious sketches trace the stages of the painting’s composition. His numerous works « The Virgin and Child », including « The Sainte Anne », « The Virgin and Child with the infant Saint John the Baptist », as well as earlier works such as « The Virgin and Child with Cat » or « The Virgin of the Rocks », which shows a new way of conceiving iconographic representations, no longer frozen, but expressive and informal, and in this dichotomy lies reflection.

The painting’s subtlety is thus enhanced by a collection of compositions that led to the masterpiece shown , left unfinished by Leonardo da Vinci in 1519.

Erudite and perfectionist, the painter inspired many with his avant-garde work and his originality, and he will never cease to fascinate us. As he would say : « details make perfection, and perfection is not a detail ».

Miadana Lebon, March 2012
Translation : Julie Carpentier
Photos credits
1 : Da Vinci, The Madonna and Child with Sainte AnneBefore restoration © 2007 Louvre Museum
2 : Da Vinci, The Madonna and Child with Sainte Anne – After restoration © 2007 Louvre Museum
3 : The Madonna and Child with Sainte Anne – Workshop Version © Los Angeles Museum
4 : Sketch of Sainte Anne © Venice Accademia
5 : Raphael, The Beautiful Gardener © Louvre Museum
6 : The Virgin of the Rocks © Louvre Museum
7 : Saint John the Baptist © Louvre Museum

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