That same year

That same year - Thatsameyear," .,it ,andwasconfirme

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That same year, Leonardo wrote in his journals, "I have begun the two Virgin Marys."  Critics agree that the Benois Madonna is one of them. Originally believed lost, it  appeared out of the blue in the nineteenth century when a traveling musician sold it to a  Russian in southern Italy, and was confirmed as a work of Leonardo in 1909. On Mary's  lap the Christ Child plays with two small flowers; yet his aspect is serious. The shadows  are such that it appears that the painting's light source shines from above the viewer's  shoulder, as if from heaven. Both have halos; as his career progressed, however,  Leonardo was less likely to endow his religious subjects with such ornamentation. The  Virgin has a rounded, glowing face–this, too, is typical of Leonardo's earlier work. Her  expression exemplifies part of what set Leonardo's work apart from that of his 
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That same year - Thatsameyear," .,it ,andwasconfirme

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