ArtJournal Week Four
TheVirgin and Child with St Anne
LeonardoDa Vinci is one of the most phenomenon painters in the Italianrenaissance period. One of his greatest work of art is the famous TheVirgin and Child with St Anne. The oil painting on wood is adepiction of Virgin Mary mother of Jesus, an infant Jesus and StAnne, Mary’s mother. As it was the case in majority of works of artin the Italian renaissance, the painting had a religious these sinceit was commissioned by the Catholic Church (Romei et al, 2008). Inthe painting, Leonardo arranged the four figures in a pyramid format.Upon close and detailed examination, The Virgin and Child with StAnne are both simple and confusing. The three human figures waretightly together. One of the most striking characteristic of TheVirgin and Child with St Anne is how the Virgin takes care of theinfant Jesus while seated on her mother’s lap. However, it is notclear why Leonardo painted the two women in that position, but it canbe assumed to have aimed at emphasizing mother daughter relationship. Other painting of the Virgin and St. Anne did not capture theseintimate moments. This posture is a symbolism that existed betweenthe Virgin and St Anne. The use of a lamb in the painting is also asymbolism representing the innocence of the infant Jesus. The lambalso symbolizes Jesus as the Lamb of God and a sacrifice to safehumanity from sins. Although it is clear that the two women in thepainting are St Anne and Virgin Mary, there are no age relatedfeatures on their faces that can distinguish or identify them asmother and daughter (Romei et al, 2008).
Romei,F et al. (2008). Leonardoda Vinci,Minneapolis, MN: Oliver Press.