Mark this image as a favourite. Italian Renaissance Art does not sell personal information. By Carlo Pedretti and M Melani. this is highlighted in Novella’s a previous letter to Isabella (3 April 1501). The composition of the Madonna of the Yarnwinder shows the Christ child twisting his body away from his mother’s embrace, his eye caught by her yarnwinder whose spokes give it the shape of a cross; he precociously recognises it as a symbol of his destiny. Two versions of Leonardo da Vinci’s Madonna of the Yarnwinder are displayed here. King Louis XIII of France, the so-called Madonna of the Yarnwinder. Private Collection. All Rights Reserved. his workshop were copying from da Vinci with the master adding to, in varying The Lansdowne Madonna. See the Amazon description. painting is described by the Carmelite monk Puetro da Novella in a letter dated Home Page. The Buccleuch Madonna. materials: Oil on panel. © Copyright, 2008-2020, by Vincent Finnan, Italian-Renaissance-Art.comItalian Renaissance Art does not sell personal information. Leonardo’s Last Supper. The use of a sy… The Yarnwinder Madonna of Leonardo da Vinci -- the Three versions. The child has placed his foot on the basket of that are in the form of a cross. a cross, this symbolic image of the future Passion of Christ becomes a Copyright © 2011-Present www.LeonardoDaVinci.net. Privacy Policy. look similar enough to make the viewer wonder whether the one child modeled for each painting. Oil on Wood, 50.2 x 36.4 cm. Most of his children appear between nine and eighteen months, all are shown nude and all mountain range beneath a vivid blue sky while the other runs down to the sea. time. Madonna of the Yarnwinder back to Leonardo. composition expertly conveys a sense of movement reminiscent of the figures in take it away from him”. About this artwork. 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. The Virgin attempts to hold onto the Site Author. Leonardo prepared for paintings that included the Christ child or the infant St. John the Baptist by drawing dozens of studies of little children. The As if desirous of the cross he smiles and Novella describes the yarnwinder painting in some detail. The gesture of suspense made with her right hand is repeated from Leonardo’s Milanese altarpiece The Virgin of the Rocks. 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. Two versions of Leonardo da Vinci’s Madonna of the Yarnwinder are The When Leonardo returned to Florence from Milan in 1500, he is holds it firm, and is unwilling to yield it to his Mother who seems to want to gallery: Scottish National Gallery object type: Painting. 1500-1501 Michelangelo sculptures Renaissance gems. Share this image on social platforms. and shoulders also exists in the Royal Collection at Windsor Castle. 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 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. 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. plaything in the hands of the child. degrees, some parts of the work. yarns and has grasped the yarn-winder and gazes attentively at the four spokes 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. similar position to the hand of the Madonna of the Virgin of the Rocks. Her right hand is raised in protection adopting a 2014. The Madonna of the Yarnwinder accession number: NGL 002.08 artist: Leonardo da Vinci. symbol of His future, but even she is powerless to prevent the Crucifixion which is part of His destiny. controversial and it is clear from Novella’s first-hand account that members of 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. known to have started work on a painting for Florimond Robert, secretary to In both of these paintings, the attribution to Leonardo remains Contact Us | Terms of Use | Links Madonna of the Yarnwinder back to Leonardo. Of the two works, one is very green whilst the other is quite blue; the landscapes also differ significantly with one showing a vicious Oil on Walnut, 48.9 x 36.8 cm. The Virgin’s reaction is ambiguous, a mixture of alarm at the harm her son will come to and resigned acceptance of it. 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. apprentices are making copies and he puts his hand to one of them from time to Leonardo did complete this very small painting but the original has probably been lost. “The little picture he is doing is of a Madonna seated as if ( English / Italian bilingual version ). some debate and they could just have easily come from talented pupils. displayed here. considered to be of such quality that they can be attributed, at least in part, “He has done nothing else save for the fact that two of his 1501 These are the Buccleuch Madonna and the Lansdowne Madonna. Zoom in to this image. 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 yarnwinder takes the shape of with his scientific studies rather than any attempts to complete paintings, The Madonna of the Yarnwinder. 14 April 1501, to Isabella d’Este, Marchioness of Mantua. Download a larger version of this image. He is hard at work on geometry and has no time for the brush”. At this stage in his life, da Vinci seems more preoccupied The 10th Duke of Buccleuch. Site Map. cartoon of her likeness done by Leonardo the previous year. 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 I have not seen it but it is an important study, as are all of Pedretti's full scale works. to Leonardo himself. 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.