Leonardo da Vinci:

       Virgin ans Saint Anne with Christ Child and the Young John the Baptist

Pg. 692 Fig. 18-12

Leonardo da Vinci was a Florentine artist, one of the great masters of the High Renaissance, who was also celebrated as a painter, sculptor, architect, engineer, and scientist. This large drawing or cartoon is a full-size preparatory study for a painting. It has, however, never been used to transfer a design onto a panel. The outlines are neither pricked nor incised, and the cartoon must have been preserved in its own right as a finished drawing, although some areas are deliberately left inconclusive or in rough outline. The illusion of high relief is achieved by a method called chiaroscuro. This is defined by the models strong high contrast from light to dark. The lighting is also placed in such a way to move your eye around the picture plane.



Italian Translation:



Live Impressions:

Extremely low viewing light. Has almost a spiritual quality. The figure over the shoulder of Mary is less defined and spirit-like. Extreme cioskero. Soft skin and facial light changes. The neutral paper is highlighted by white chalk. Although, soft the clothes' folds and wrinkles are fully defined.

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