Known to be a sculptor, curiously no work by the famed Renaissance man had been found – until the “only surviving sculpture” of Leonardo da Vinci was revealed.
Known as the “Virgin and Laughing Child” the small terracotta sculpture features a laughing Christ Child on the lap of the Virgin Mary with a smile reminiscent of the Mona Lisa. da Vinci made it in 1472 when he was 19 or 20 studying under Florentine artist Andrea del Verrochio.
Question for thought:
- What can I see and understand from the sculpture about Our Lady with the Baby Jesus?