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Leonardo da Vinci (Vinci 1452-Amboise 1519)

The drapery of a kneeling figure c.1491-4

RCIN 912521

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In April 1483 Leonardo was commissioned to paint an altarpiece, now known as The Virgin of the Rocks, for a church in Milan. A first version (Louvre, Paris) was not delivered, for uncertain reasons. Leonardo then began a second version (National Gallery, London) in the early 1490s, which was finally installed in 1508. This is a study for the angel’s drapery in the second painting.