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The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne and the Infant Saint John the Baptist ('The Burlington House Cartoon')

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LEONARDO da Vinci , 1452 - 1519

The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne and the Infant Saint John the Baptist ('The Burlington House Cartoon')

Short title: The Leonardo Cartoon
Date: about 1499-1500
Medium: Charcoal (and wash?) heightened with white chalk on paper, mounted on canvas
Dimensions: 141.5 x 104.6 cm
Acquisition credit: Purchased with a special grant and contributions from The Art Fund, The Pilgrim Trust, and through a public appeal organised by The Art Fund, 1962

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 pretext for the drawing is likely to have been a commission for a painting given to Leonardo by King Louis XII of France. Leonardo started work on this painting in about 1508. It was unfinished at his death and is now in the Louvre, Paris.


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