Numerous studies of paintings by Leonardo da Vinci indicate that a separate theme in the artist’s work was the theme of the mother and her child. Often in his paintings there are images of a young woman, expressing care and concern for her baby.
Currently stored in the Hermitage of St. Petersburg. Experts believe that this picture was painted in the Da Vinci period in Milan, and it is in it, as well as possible, that very type of female beauty of the Renaissance is emphasized. This is clearly manifested in the perfection of lines and shapes. It is enough just to pay attention to how harmoniously the image of a nursing woman and the clear lines of window openings in the background are combined.
It is impossible not to note the facial expression of Madonna, which is filled with 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 a woman smiles at her dreams.
Particularly noteworthy is the lighting picture. It is impossible not to draw attention to the fact that the figure of the Madonna and her baby is lit much more than the background of the picture, this creates the illusion that the light falls from somewhere in front.
The figure of the baby is made with particular accuracy, his expressive eyes, puffy physique and amazing game of light and shade, 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 the blue cloak, which, in turn, is combined with a gentle background of turquoise clouds.
In addition, it is worth noting that this painting by Leonardo Da Vinci did not paint in oil, but in tempera, which gives a little more contrast and provides better preservation of the picture.