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MADONNA LITTA Leonardo Da Vinci Renaissance Silver Coin 15D Andorra 2011

The first of a new spectacular series 'The Renaissance Madonna' which captures the most beautiful artworks of the Renaissance period. The program consists of 5 coins to honor the most renowned painters and sculptors in the history of art that have turned their skills toward the creation of Madonna images. This incredible proof coin celebrates the Madonna Litta painted by Leonardo da Vinci.

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199.95 €

MADONNA LITTA
Though a drawing exists to connect Leonardo with this painting its attribution to Leonardo has been a great source of controversy. There is little doubt he had a hand in the unsigned Litta Madonna, but it is awkwardly composed and more than likely was completed by his pupil Boltraffio, around 1480-1490. The tilt of the Madonna's head is typical of Leonardo and there also exists a drawing of this portion of the painting which is definitely by his hand. However, scholars who have studied the painting point out that the Christ Child bears little resemblance to others Leonardo produced. It is therefore likely that Leonardo designed the pose for this work, and completed the Virgin's head, with the rest of the painting being completed by another artist, perhaps Boltraffio, under the supervision of the master.
This work shows the Madonna suckling the Christ Child. Note the lack of halos in this painting; several Madonnas attributed to Leonardo display this same trait.
Litta Madonna passed from the hands of the Vicontis into the Litta family of Milan and takes its name from them. After this it was purchased by a Tsar; then in 1865 by Emperor Alexander II who added it to the Hermitage where it was transferred from wood to canvas. At this point in time it was completely repainted, or the second time; the first repainting was done by an unknown Milanese artist in 1495.

  • Country
    Andorra
  • Year
    2011
  • Face Value
    15 Dinars
  • Metal
    Silver
  • Fineness (purity)
    999/1000
  • Weight (g)
    50
  • Size (mm)
    40 x 60
  • Quality
    Proof
  • Mintage (pcs)
    3.000
  • Certificate (COA)
    Yes
  • Presentation case (box)
    Yes
The centre of the coin composition features a full colored copy of the world famous painting of the Renaissance period: the Madonna Litta painted by the great Leonardo da Vinci in 1490-1495 and housed in Hermitage Museum St. Petersbourg, Russia. A Russian design studio is responsible for all designs, combining historical paintings with modern numismatic technology. New rectangular shape for this coin with the top part as convex ellipse arch.