The cartoon may have been intended as the design for a picture but it was never pricked for transfer to canvas.
The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne and Saint John the Baptist by Leonardo da Vinci, c. 14991500
© National Gallery, London
- Charcoal, black & white chalk on tinted paper
- 141.5 x 104.6 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £71,623 ( Total: £800,000)
- Acquired in:
- Royal Academy
Leonardo repeated the theme of the Virgin and St. Anne with the Holy Children in a cartoon the following year, and then began a picture for Louis XII of France which now hangs in the Louvre and was unfinished at Leonardo's death. Presented by the Art Fund following a public campaign.
Inherited by Francesco da Melzi; apparently in Milan until its appearance in the Sagrado collection, Venice, before 1726; collection of Robert Udny; Royal Academy.