The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne and Saint John the Baptist by Leonardo da Vinci

The cartoon may have been intended as the design for a picture but it was never pricked for transfer to canvas.


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.

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