A Leonardo da Vinci Painting Returns to Italy

Source: FSSPX News

The Benois Madonna returns to Italy after 35 years spent in St. Petersburg, on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the death of its creator, Leonardo da Vinci.


The painting will be on view for a month, from July 4 to August 4, 2019, at the National Gallery of Umbria, in Perugia. It is this museum that will welcome within its walls one of the masterpieces of Leonardo da Vinci’s youth.

On the occasion of the fifth centenary of the death of the Florentine genius, Perugia becoming the scene of a major event, such as this loan that comes directly from the Hermitage Museum of St. Petersburg, is exceptional.

No less than 35 years have passed since the last exhibition of the painting in Italy. The latter will be highlighted by the organizers who have planned an ingenious mise en abîme with the Perugino works, also preserved in the gallery.

The Benois Madonna was painted between 1478 and 1480. It marks a turning point in Leonardo da Vinci’s career. Indeed, many experts attribute to it the merit of being the first work that stands out from the style of Verrocchio—the teacher of the young genius—thus highlighting the beginning of an original artistic journey.