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Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci (1452 - 1519)  The Madonna of the Carnation  Oil on panel, 1478–1480  62 cm × 47.5 cm (24 in × 19 in)  Alte Pinakothek, Munich, Germany
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Title: Madonna of the Carnation
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Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci (1452 - 1519)
The Madonna of the Carnation
Oil on panel, 1478–1480
62 cm × 47.5 cm (24 in × 19 in)
Alte Pinakothek, Munich, Germany

The Madonna of the Carnation, a.k.a. Madonna with vase or Madonna with child, is an oil painting by Leonardo da Vinci created sometime around 1478-1480 (Early Renaissance). It is permanently displayed at the Alte Pinakothek gallery in Munich, Germany since 1889 after it was in private ownership.

The central (and centered) motif is young Virgin Mary with her naked Baby Jesus on her lap. Mary is seated and wears precious clothes and jewellery. With her left hand, she is holding a carnation (interpreted as a healing symbol. The faces are put into light while all other objects are darker, f.e. the carnation is covered by a shadow. The child is looking up, the mother is looking down — there is no eye contact. The setting of the portrait is a room with two windows on each side of the figures.

Originally this painting was thought to have been created by Andrea del Verrocchio but subsequent art historians agree that it is Leonardo's work.

Madonna and Child was a common motif in Christian art during the Middle Ages. This painting is the only one of Leonardo's work which is permanently on display in Germany.

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