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Numerous studies of paintings by Leonardo da Vinci indicate that a separate topic in the artist's work was the theme of a mother and her child. Often in his paintings there are images of a young woman expressing care and anxiety for her baby.
currently stored in the Hermitage of St. Petersburg. According to experts, this picture was painted during the Milan period of Da Vinci's work and it is in it, as well as possible, that the same type of female beauty of the Renaissance is emphasized. This is clearly manifested in the perfection of lines and shapes. It is enough to pay attention to how the image of a lactating woman and the clear lines of window openings in the background are harmoniously combined.
It should be noted the expression on the face of the Madonna, which is full of tenderness and care for her baby at the time of breastfeeding. This is especially evident in her slightly covered eyes and a barely noticeable smile. It seems that the woman smiles at her dreams.
Of particular note is the coverage of the picture. It is impossible not to pay attention that the figure of the Madonna and her baby are illuminated much more than the background of the picture, this creates the illusion that light falls from somewhere in front.
The baby’s figure is made with great accuracy, his expressive eyes, chubby physique and an amazing play of chiaroscuro, which gives a special “silkiness” to his skin - all this only emphasizes the theme of motherhood and female beauty.
The bright red dress of the Madonna harmoniously contrasts with a blue cloak, which, in turn, is combined with a delicate background of turquoise clouds.
In addition, it is worth noting that Leonardo Da Vinci painted this picture not by oil, but by tempera, which gives a little more contrast and ensures better preservation of the picture.
Tancred And Erminia