Infant Christ - Ugly eyes

Digital restoration Madonna of the Carnation

The face of Madonna has a style of Verrocchio.

It can be presumed that this picture was strarted by Andrea del Verrocchio, after Leonardo completed this painting.
In this period Leonardo was an assistant, therefore he depicted a vase of water containing some flowers.
These flowers shows characteristic shapes of leaves of Leonardo.

The Jesus's eyes had been altered and repainted after Leonardo. That condition is miserable.
The eyes direction is also altered, it should be look like right hand image.

The carnation is too long.



Madonna of the Carnation

Oil and tempera on poplar, 62.3 x 48.5 cm Alte Pinakothek

This picture is made up of two boards, it was trimmed on the left by approximately 1.5 cm and on its other sides by a few millimetres.
A crack in the bottom right-hand corner was repaired in 1913 with two small pieces of wood.
There is noticeable wrinkling of the paint on the front of the panel, caused by early shrinkage of the oil medium and particularly apparent in the face of the Virgin.
This wrinkling reflects Leonardo's still experimental handling of oils.
A number of pentimenti can be identified in the head and shoulder of the Christ Child and in the Virgin's left shoulder.

This painting was cleaned in 1889-90 by the restorer Alois Hauser.
He retouched the background of the top left and larger area lower left, in particular the parts of the finger of the Virgin's right hand, and also part of Jesus's right foot.
The Virgin's lower left arm has also been retouched, the red of the fabric evidently having faded. The gold fligree decoration on the Virgin's sleeve and neckline has also been repainted.

The first document of the Madonna of the Carnation is the upper corridor Wetzler's apothecary shop.
Yet to be substantiated are suggestions that the painting was located in Burgau monastery just a few kilometres away, or alternatively that it was brought from Italy by Auxilianus Urbani.
The painting formed part of the estate of the widow Therese Wetzler and the painting was auctioned after her death for just 22 marks. It was purchased by Albert Haug, who shortly afterwards, in 1889, sold it for 800 marks to the Alte Pinakothek - its valuation price at that time was 8000 marks.

There is possibly the painting to which Vasari is referring when he discribes, in his Life of Leonardo, "a Madonna a very fine work which came into the possession of Pope Clement Ⅶ, one of details in this picture was a vase of water containing some flowers, painted with wonderful realism, which had on them dewdrops that looked more convincing than the real thing."

The attribution of the Madonna of the Carnation to Leonardo was at first by no means unanimously accepted.
The dating of the paintig remains a subject of contention, but in recent literature is placed between 1470 and 1478.


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