Friday, May 29, 2009

Mother's smile

”Only God knows the secret of a mother’s smile”
Author unknown.

This cross stitch design was inspired by
the famous painting
Madonna Litta by Leonardo da Vinci.

I think that the great painter was able to capture mother's smile in such a way that there is no need to see a child to feel her maternal love just by looking at her face.

Madonna Litta was painted in 1480s for the Visconti rulers of Milan. Then it was passed to Litta family. Alexander II acquireed the painting in 1865 from Count Litta and deposited it in the Hermitage Museum in Saint-Petersburg.

Leonardo's preliminary sketch of Madonna's head could be seen in the Louvre.


  1. Wow, I have a new appreciation for cross stitch--that's beautiful.

  2. Thank you for the post. It helped me to experience the mystery of the smile a bit deeper. You enabled me to see the life from a bit different angle - in the new light of maternal smile.
    Thank you for the review of my dayfly.
    You are welcomed to my other blogs too

  3. I definitely will visit your other blogs!