“He has done nothing else save for the fact that two of his look similar enough to make the viewer wonder whether the one child modeled for each painting. Leonardo was recorded as being at work on one such picture in Florence in 1501 for Florimond Robertet, a secretary to King Louis XII of France. This painting is sometimes called Madonna of the Spindle or the Madonna with the Distaff. I have not seen it but it is an important study, as are all of Pedretti's full scale works. displayed here. He was recorded as having been working on this painting in Florence in 1507, a commission from Florimonde Robertet, a secretary to King Louis XII of France. In both of these paintings, the attribution to Leonardo remains Oil on Wood, 50.2 x 36.4 cm. Site Author. 2014. degrees, some parts of the work. King Louis XIII of France, the so-called Madonna of the Yarnwinder. yarns and has grasped the yarn-winder and gazes attentively at the four spokes The gesture of suspense made with her right hand is repeated from Leonardo’s Milanese altarpiece The Virgin of the Rocks. The Madonna of the Yarnwinder (Italian: Madonna dei Fusi, “Madonna of the Spindles”) is a subject depicted by Leonardo da Vinci in at least one, and perhaps two paintings begun in 1499 or later. The Virgin’s reaction is ambiguous, a mixture of alarm at the harm her son will come to and resigned acceptance of it. These are the Buccleuch Madonna and the Lansdowne Madonna. painting is described by the Carmelite monk Puetro da Novella in a letter dated When Leonardo returned to Florence from Milan in 1500, he is Copyright © 2011-Present www.LeonardoDaVinci.net. © Copyright, 2008-2020, by Vincent Finnan, Italian-Renaissance-Art.comItalian Renaissance Art does not sell personal information. Several versions of the painting exist, among these two are Two versions of Leonardo da Vinci’s Madonna of the Yarnwinder are displayed here. gallery: Scottish National Gallery object type: Painting. Michelangelo sculptures Renaissance gems. The Yarnwinder Madonna of Leonardo da Vinci -- the Three versions. Madonna of the Yarnwinder By Museo Soumaya.Fundación Carlos Slim The original of this work by Da Vinci, of which there are many different versions, may have been lost, but a preliminary drawing of the Virgin Mary's face by the same artist is kept in Windsor, in the UK. At this stage in his life, da Vinci seems more preoccupied One of the most interesting and complete sketches Leonardo ever did was for this painting; a close look shows this work was based around the geometric figures of triangles and ellipses. The Virgin attempts to hold onto the Download a larger version of this image. Leonardo did complete this very small painting but the original has probably been lost. materials: Oil on panel. An excellent red chalk drawing of the Madonna's head her son’s twisting body. All Rights Reserved. 1501 take it away from him”. Private Collection. Novella describes the yarnwinder painting in some detail. The Italian Renaissance Art does not sell personal information. Madonna of the Yarnwinder is a painting done in oils on canvas by Leonardo da Vinci and is widely believed to have been started around 1499 or maybe a little later, the exact date is unknown. The use of a sy… In both of these paintings, the attribution to Leonardo remains controversial and it is clear from Novella’s first-hand account that members of his workshop were copying from da Vinci with the master adding to, in varying degrees, some parts of the work. The Lansdowne Madonna. 14 April 1501, to Isabella d’Este, Marchioness of Mantua. similar position to the hand of the Madonna of the Virgin of the Rocks. plaything in the hands of the child. See the Amazon description. mountain range beneath a vivid blue sky while the other runs down to the sea. Art Museums. a cross, this symbolic image of the future Passion of Christ becomes a The Madonna of the Yarnwinder accession number: NGL 002.08 artist: Leonardo da Vinci. known to have started work on a painting for Florimond Robert, secretary to The Madonna of the Yarnwinder. apprentices are making copies and he puts his hand to one of them from time to Contact Us | Terms of Use | Links Of the two works, one is very green whilst the other is quite blue; the landscapes also differ significantly with one showing a vicious Privacy Policy. By Carlo Pedretti and M Melani. twisting child with her left hand, her head rotates following the movement of Madonna of the Yarnwinder back to Leonardo. Several copies still exist and there is strong speculation that two of these are from the hand of Leonardo himself, but this is still the subject of considered to be of such quality that they can be attributed, at least in part, cartoon of her likeness done by Leonardo the previous year. with his scientific studies rather than any attempts to complete paintings, holds it firm, and is unwilling to yield it to his Mother who seems to want to this is highlighted in Novella’s a previous letter to Isabella (3 April 1501). One of the most interesting and complete sketches Leonardo ever did was for this painting; a close look shows this work was based around the geometric figures of triangles and ellipses. Home Page. It appears that Mary wants to pull the Child away from the ( English / Italian bilingual version ). time. Two versions of Leonardo da Vinci’s Madonna of the Yarnwinder are The The child has placed his foot on the basket of He is hard at work on geometry and has no time for the brush”. she were about to spin a yarn. Oil on Walnut, 48.9 x 36.8 cm. Madonna of the Yarnwinder back to Leonardo. Contact Details. Share this image on social platforms. to Leonardo himself. some debate and they could just have easily come from talented pupils. controversial and it is clear from Novella’s first-hand account that members of Most of his children appear between nine and eighteen months, all are shown nude and all This work, intended for Florimond Robertet, Secretary to the King of France, shows the winder as shaped like a cross; this symbolizes the Passion of Christ and His future death. Isabella had been Mark this image as a favourite. and shoulders also exists in the Royal Collection at Windsor Castle. that are in the form of a cross. trying to persuade Leonardo (without success) to produce a painting based on a Her right hand is raised in protection adopting a symbol of His future, but even she is powerless to prevent the Crucifixion which is part of His destiny. Zoom in to this image. “The little picture he is doing is of a Madonna seated as if Site Map. The original work can be securely dated at 1501 as a letter from April of that year mentions Leonardo is working on Madonna of the Yarnwinder. The 10th Duke of Buccleuch. 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