Leonardo da vinci   vergine delle rocce  louvre

The Virgin of the Rocks

circa 1485

Why is it canonical?

After arriving in Milan to serve the Sforza court there, da Vinci painted this work as a meditation on the human side of the life of Jesus, seen here playing as a child with his cousin, John the Baptist. The choices da Vinci made with the somewhat bizarre landscape continue to confound art historians, and a light sfumato, or haze, surrounds the figures and gives them a warm intimacy. It reflects the intellectual rigor and curiosity that made da Vinci famous and made him a paragon of his time.

Locations

Milan Italy

Media

Painting Oil

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Leonardo da vinci   vergine delle rocce  louvre

The Virgin of the Rocks

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