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K U L E N O V I C  C o l l e c t i o n - Painting

The Youngest Madonna “Nativity” by
Lionardo da Vinci 1452 – 1519

Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci,
April 15, 1452 – May 2, 1519) was an Italian polymath, scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, painter, sculptor, architect, botanist, musician and writer.

Leonardo would say:
“A drawing or painting has such excellent properties that it doesn’t just investigate the work of the nature, it makes it infinitely more than what nature does.”



Already 500 years art lovers, art theorists, many experts and ordinary people standing in front of the works of Leonardo da Vinci, looking at them, admiring them, writing about them on different theories and the hypotheses. Usually, they are incapable to understand what he really wants to achieve in his pictures, and how great his artistic talent really is.

The real and rarely recognizer’s by Leonardo and his art, or perhaps more accurate to say, his artistic experiments, (which is often applied science), know that he usually uses optics and optical phenomena, as well as his characteristic technique of painting light and shadow (Sfumato) came to the strange solutions that we now call the illusion of movement and moving figures in the picture.

The phenomena of rotation and the illusion of movement in the picture, so characteristic to Leonardo, are unfortunately still quite unknown to many historians and theorists. In the picture "Nativity" as you can see in Kulenovics collection the movements and turnings finally become manifested. The documents dealing with biography of the great artist, mentioned that he once painted this subject and that it was one of the most beautiful and magnetic art that Leonardo did. In front of his artwork stood long rows of spectators, but later all traces of the image were lost.

In the latest expertise, it was concluded that there are occasions where it has repeated restoration and recoating (dark background, where it probably and possibly are painted landscapes). But despite that, this situation has retained its magnetism and power of Leonardo da Vinci gave it.