Leonardo da Vinci: The Benois Madonna
The Benois Madonna is an early work by the Italian Renaissance artist Leonardo da Vinci. For its time this was a truly cutting-edge piece. If it were not for the golden halos, the painting might pass for a genre scene of a young Italian woman playing with her son. Mary’s clothing and hairstyle follow the Florentine fashion of the late 15th century. This masterpiece is in the Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, Russia.