LEONARDO da Vinci
(b. 1452, Vinci, d. 1519, Cloux, near Amboise)
Study for Madonna with the Yarnwinder (?)c. 1501
Red chalk and silverpoint on rose-colored prepared paper, 257 x 203 cm
Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venice
The red chalk drawing is generally connected with the Madonna with the Yarnwinder, as the female figure has a posture similar to that of the Mary depicted in that painting. There is, however, a clear difference between the turning of the bodies of the two figures, so that the dating of the page remains a matter for debate.