The Madonna Litta by Leonardo da Vinci will be on display at the Poldi Pezzoli Museum in Milan

Arrived after a voyage aboard of a Saint Petersburg-Milan scheduled flight, with a stopover in Frankfurt, and then on an anonymous van pulling over the Museo Poldi Pezzoli in Milan last Thursday, the protection case containing the precious painting “Madonna Litta” by Leonardo Da Vinci has been opened this morning by a team of specialists.

After a careful joint analysis by the Milan’s and Hermitage’s museums conservators, the work was placed in special air-conditioned showcase custom built for the exhibition that will open on Thursday November 7.

The painting is the only loan coming to Milan in the year of the celebrations of the 500 years from the death of the Renaissance’s genius and will be the heart of the exhibition “Leonardo and the Madonna Litta” by Pietro Marani and Andrea Di Lorenzo (supported by Bracco Foundation): a reflection on the workshop of the master and on the repetition of some themes like the Madonna with child’s one in the work of Leonardo and of his disciples.

The Madonna Litta, whose attribution is still an open discussion topic for the experts, will be flanked by two preparatory drawings by the hand of Giovanni Boltraffio, the best among the pupils of Leonardo, and for some, the material author of the masterpiece.

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