28 January 2009,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 152,500
Estimate USD 20,000 - USD 30,000
After Leonardo da Vinci
The Madonna of the Yarnwinder
oil on panel
24½ x 19 1/8 in. 62.2 x 48.6 cm.
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The present painting is one of several known versions after an original by Leonardo, probably commissioned by Florimund Robertet, the Secretary of State for Louis XII of France. A picture with a strong claim to being the original is in the collection of the Duke of Buccleuch.
The yarnwinder is symbolic of both Mary's domestic role and of the Cross on which Christ was crucified. It may also refer to the Fates, depicted as spinners in classical mythology, and responsible for cutting the thread of life.
Property from the Collection of William and Eleanor Wood Prince, Chicago, Illinois
Cincinnati, Art Museum, on loan.
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