"Adoration of the Magi, Leonardo Da Vinci
Description of the picture:
Adoration of the Magi – Leonardo Da Vinci. 1480-1481. Wood, tempera, oil. 243×246
This altar image was commissioned by Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519) by the canons of the Monastery of San Donato in Scopeto, but it remained unfinished either because the painter left for Milan, or because he simply left this plan. But the picture looks complete and carries within itself all the features of the then painting of the master.
In the quattrocento tradition, Leonardo somewhat overloaded the composition with many figures in expressive poses, landscape details and architecture. In general, this can be explained by the fact that Leonardo, as a painter of the Renaissance, was curious to what constitutes a world order. Because for him a huge role was played by such a category as abundance.
The divine among the Italian humanists stood at the center of the universe. Leonardo Mary holding Baby Christ on her lap, It stands out against the backdrop of a huge number of “actively” characters in a measured pose and a smooth turn of the head. The painter builds a compositional triangle or, more precisely, a pyramid, at the top of which is the head of Mary. Such a technique, which gave the depicted poise and harmony, found extensive distribution among the masters of the Highest Renaissance."