Head of the Virgin in three-quarter view facing to the right Late 1470s
One of Leonardo’s most hauntingly beautiful drawings, this is probably a preparatory study for the head of the Virgin in the Madonna and Child with St. Anne
, Louvre, Paris. In this drawing, Leonardo exploits the potential of soft black and red chalk to achieve a seamlessly blended tone and the desired sfumato
or “smoky effect” by which forms are defined purely in terms of light and shadow.
- Medium Soft black and red chalk
- Size 20.3 x 15.6 cm
- Location Metropolitan Museum
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