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    Sale 2135

    Important Old Master Paintings and Sculpture

    28 January 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 6

    After Leonardo da Vinci

    The Madonna of the Yarnwinder

    Price Realised  


    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.

    Pre-Lot Text

    Property from the Collection of William and Eleanor Wood Prince, Chicago, Illinois


    Cincinnati, Art Museum, on loan.