The Madonna Litta of Leonardo Returns to Milan After 30 Years

The Madonna Litta of Leonardo Returns to Milan After 30 Years
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For the first time after almost thirty years, the Madonna Litta, the celebrated painting of the Ermitage, among the other masterpieces of Russia’s National Museum, returns to Milan. Hosting Leonardo’s masterpiece, created in Lombardy’s capital city around 1490, is an exhibition that places the canvas in dialogue with a select gathering of works from private and public collections from around the world. Around twenty masterpieces will be on display, including paintings and drawings, created by Da Vinci and his closest students - Giovanni Antonio Boltraffio, Marco d’Oggiono, the “Maestro della Pala Sforzesca” and Francesco Napoletano - during the last two decades of the 1400s, when the master lived in Milan at the court of Ludovico Sforza. Along with the Madonna Litta, the exhibition offers the Madonna con il Bambino from the Museo Poldi Pezzoli, created around 1485-1487 by Giovanni Antonio Boltraffio - the best of Leonardo’s students in Milan - probably based on preparatory studies set out by the Master himself. The itinerary presents another gem from the Museo Poldi Pezzoli - the Madonna Allattante. Attributed to an anonymous artist from Lombardy active during the first decade of the 1500s, it is one of the most interesting derivations of the Madonna Litta ever seen.
Samantha De Martin - © 2019 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel Milano