MADONNA LITTA  – Leonardo 

to February 10th 2020


After over 30 years, one of the masterpiece by Leonardo da Vinci, the painting of the Madonna Litta makes its comeback to the Poldi Pezzoli Museum from the Hermitage in St. Petersburg. The painting is displayed alongside other 20 paintings created in the last decades of the 15th century by Leonardo and his pupils among Giovanni Antonio Boltraffio and Marco d’Oggiono, as well as Francesco Napoletano.

The works on display

During the exhibition, the Madonna Litta is displayed side by side with another composition contemporary to the work by Leonardo da Vinci, the ‘Madonna with the Child’ by Giovanni Antonio Boltraffio, a part of the permanent collection of the Poldi Pezzoli House Museum. The two works, dating back to the same period and featuring similar sketching techniques are now gathered under the same roof after years apart. The display also features the painting of the breast-feeding Madonna by one of the local Lombard artists of the 16th century.