DescriptionA peaceful and meditative angel decorates these holiday cards, which reproduce a detail from the oil painting The Virgin of the Rocks. The original work was painted by Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci (Italian, 1452–1519) around 1508. Greeting: Joy to the World.
Produced in cooperation with The National Gallery, London.
20 cards and 20 envelopes per box. 4 7/8" x 6 1/4".
- 20 cards and 20 envelopes per box
- 4 7/8" x 6 1/4"
- Greeting: Joy to the World
Art HistoryAn elaborate sculpted altar was commissioned by the Milanese Confraternity of the Immaculate Conception for their oratory in San Francesco in 1480. A new contract was drawn up in 1483 with Leonardo da Vinci and the de Predis brothers: a central panel was to be painted by Leonardo alone, and there were to be two side panels showing angels singing and playing musical instruments. Two paintings of angels, completed by artists who were influenced by Leonardo, are undoubtedly those made for the altarpiece. The Virgin of the Rocks (also known as The Virgin with the Infant St. John Adoring the Infant Christ Accompanied by an Angel) did not seem to refer to the mystery of the Immaculate Conception, but rather, depicts the type of subject that Leonardo might have painted in his native Florence where legends concerning the young Saint John the Baptist were popular. Execution of the commission was protracted, and Leonardo may only have put the finishing touches to it in 1508. The finished work was then sent to France, (now Paris, Louvre), but Leonardo painted a replacement for San Francesco that was probably completed with some help from his studio in 1508, and which is now in the collection of The National Gallery, London.