Madonna of the Carnation (1478-1480). Artist: Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519).
The Madonna of the Carnation (aka Madonna with Vase or Madonna with Child) is a vintage Renaissance fine art religious portrait painting featuring a young Virgin Mary with her Baby Jesus on her lap. Mary is seated and wears precious clothes and jewellery. With her left hand, she is holding a carnation (interpreted as a healing symbol). The faces are put into light while all other objects are darker (the carnation is covered by a shadow). The child is looking up, the mother is looking down — there is no eye contact. The setting of the portrait is a room with two windows on each side of the figures.