Unformatted text preview: “Leonardo’s preoccupation with the interconnected functions of microcosm and macrocosm” as reason to conclude that the artist believed “that the living earth is female, in its regenerative capability and its mysterious life-supporting powers” (Garrard, 180). Garrard’s argument adds insight to Leonardo’s inspiration for his work and serves to explain why he incorporates such elaborate natural landscapes and detailed scenery in his female portraits. Her argument holds that Leonardo painted women in a dignified way, unique from masculine norms in his society, and displayed the empowering effects of nature by incorporating it amongst these women....
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- Spring '11
- Leonardo Da Vinci, Mary D. Garrard, Garrard Article Response