Vatican Museums: Leonardo da Vinci painting on loan to France - Vatican News

Vatican Museums: Leonardo da Vinci painting on loan to France – Vatican News

“Saint-Jérome,” the unfinished masterpiece of Italian genius Leonardo da Vinci, is on display from June 10 at the Château du Clos-Lucé in Amboise. The painting is on loan until September 20, 2022, by the Vatican Museums that owns it.

Claire Ryobi – Vatican

Saint Jerome, One of Leonardo da Vinci’s most mysterious works left the papal groups to France. Since Friday, June 10, the painting has been exhibited for 100 days in Clos Los, in Amboise, the place where the famous painter died in 1519. The work thus joins a group of seventeen paintings by the author, already on display at. Loire Valley Castle.

This extraordinary loan from the Vatican Museums comes after three years of exhibition in St. Peter’s Square of Da Vinci’s works, marking the 500th anniversary.e Anniversary of his death, in 2019. The exhibition event at Clos Lucé was jointly organized by the Director of the Vatican Museums, Barbara Gatta, and the Head of the Art Department, Guido Cornini.

Through articles and scholarly investigations, both have worked to trace the masterpiece’s incompleteness, unique execution method, and turbulent history. “Saint Jerome in the Desert by Leonardo is certainly an absolute masterpiece”Barbara Gatta, “But it is also a work that uplifts the spirituality of a great man and doctor of the Church.”.

unfinished work

The painting, still in its infancy in some places, is one of the most enigmatic works of the Tuscan architect and sculptor. It was painted circa 1480-1490, François Saint-Brice, director of Clos Lucé, and provides valuable information on the techniques used by Leonardo da Vinci when creating his works. “We see the full extent of da Vinci’s pictorial technique: drawing, brushing, painting, dyes, erasing, as well as finger painting. There is a clearly marked fingerprint which is also very impressive». “Saint Jerome” Thus it contributes to strengthening the veil of fascination that has enveloped the figure of Leonardo da Vinci for centuries.

Rediscovered in the nineteenth century

sponsor “Saint Jerome” Like the recipient, remains unknown today. The earliest mention of the painting dates back to the beginning of the nineteenth century, when it was mentioned, with attribution to Leonardo, in the will of the Swiss painter Angelica Kaufmann. After the death of the latter, all its trace was again lost, until it was found by chance and bought by Napoleon’s uncle, Cardinal Joseph Fisch.

According to tradition, the cardinal had found the work divided into two parts: the lower part in the workshop of a Roman scrap dealer and the upper part, where the saint’s head appears, at the shoemaker. Beyond the fictional narrative, the painting is actually cut into five pieces. When the cardinal died, it was auctioned and sold several times. It was identified, and then purchased by Pope Pius IX in 1956, for the Vatican Pinacoteca.

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