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Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci (1452 - 1519)  Madonna Litta  Oil on canvas (transferred  panel), circa 1490  42 cm × 33 cm (17 in × 13 in)  Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia
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Title: Madonna Litta
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Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci (1452 - 1519)
Madonna Litta
Oil on canvas (transferred from panel), circa 1490
42 cm × 33 cm (17 in × 13 in)
Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia

The Madonna Litta is one of the great paintings by Leonardo da Vinci. There are numerous replicas of the work by other Renaissance painters, and Leonardo's own preliminary sketch of Madonna's head in the Louvre. The Child's awkward posture, however, led some scholars to attribute parts of the painting to Leonardo's pupil Boltraffio. Other clues that contribute to the fact that Leonardo had this painting completed by one of his pupils include the harsh outlines of the Madonna and Child, as well as the plain landscape. Also notice the small bird in the child's left hand and in its right hand it has a bird like model

This work was painted sometime in the 1480s for the Visconti rulers of Milan and soon passed to the Litta family, in whose possession it would remain for centuries. In 1865, Alexander II of Russia acquired it from Count Litta, quondam minister to St Petersburg, and deposited the painting in the Hermitage Museum, it has been exhibited to this day. The painting was briefly featured in the 2006 film The Da Vinci Code.

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