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Compositional Sketches for the Virgin Adoring the Christ Child, with and without the Infant St. John the Baptist; Diagram of a Perspectival Projection (recto); Slight Doodles (verso)
Year1480s
Dimensions19.3 cm (7.6 in) × 16.2 cm (6.4 in)
LocationMetropolitan Museum of Art
Accession No.17.142.1 Edit this on Wikidata
IdentifiersThe Met object ID: 337494

Compositional Sketches for the Virgin Adoring the Christ Child, with and without the Infant St. John the Baptist; Diagram of a Perspectival Projection (recto); Slight Doodles (verso) is a 1480s drawing by Leonardo da Vinci. It is in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.[1]

Creation

Da Vinci used a traditional fifteenth-century medium of metalpoint to make the sketch; however, he reinforced the shadows of the drawings with pen and ink for a deeper tonal range.[1]

Description and interpretation

The sketches depicts the Virgin Mary kneeling before a baby Jesus. As well as baby Jesus alone and perspective experiments.[1]

These sketches contain thematic similarities to his later painting, the Virgin of the Rocks.

References

  1. ^ a b c "Compositional Sketches for the Virgin Adoring the Christ Child, with and without the Infant St. John the Baptist; Diagram of a Perspectival Projection (recto); Slight Doodles (verso)". Metropolitan Museum of Art.