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Unformatted text preview: Leonardos 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). Garrards argument adds insight to Leonardos 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