Martin Kemp on life after 'Leonardo'

February 28 2012

Image of Martin Kemp on life after 'Leonardo'

Picture: Hermitage Museum

3 Pipe Problem has alerted me to an excellent article by Martin Kemp on The Art Newspaper's site. It is too full of good points to quote selectively here, so do read the whole piece, which discusses the state of Leonardo scholarship after the National Gallery's exhibition.

In the meantime, I'll just select an interesting observation on the Hermitage's Madonna Litta (above), which ties in with my own thoughts:

There was also the bizarre catalogue entry [in the NG catalogue] for the Hermitage’s Madonna Litta written by Tatiana Kustodieva—presumably a condition of the loan—who unquestioningly attributes the whole painting to Leonardo, when the catalogue entries for related drawings demonstrate that it was executed by Boltraffio (who emerges as something of a star of the show).

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