Before us, the canvas of Leonardo da Vinci on the popular plot of the Holy Virgin with the Child Christ and her mother, Anna. The arrangement of the figures in the family group differs from the earlier static compositions. All the early years of the XVI century. Leonardo da Vinci worked on the variants of this story: a picture with a slightly different interpretation of the group, John the Baptist in infancy, as well as the now lost cardboard, which caused a sensation when he was exhibited in the monastery of the Annunciation in Florence in 1501.
Although St. Anna is depicted on the usual place for her, behind
Around the XIV century. St. Anna was already a popular figure partly because her motherhood later confirmed the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception of the Holy Virgin. Usually she is portrayed with her daughter. Legend has it that she was married three times and had three daughters. In the Middle Ages, it was depicted along with a large family, the so-called Holy Family, various artists, for example, the Master of St. Veronica. In 1479 the monks of the Carmelite Order in Frankfurt formed the brotherhood of St. Anna and ordered the altar dedicated to her, on which the sienes from her life were depicted.