It was probably at this time that Leonardo drew the above self-portrait. It shows an old man, with the long beard and haggard look we have come to associate with Leonardo. It should be noted that, if this is indeed a self-portrait, as most critics agree, it is remarkable that it is drawn from an angle, not head on: Leonardo probably arranged a complex system of mirrors in order to draw himself from this angle. While in Rome, Leonardo completed his last major painting, Saint John the Baptist. Although it was his last, it is also one of his least famous paintings. John's androgynous look has upset prudish critics for centuries, and no one can deny that the figure is not anatomically correct. Paradoxically, Leonardo often got anatomy completely wrong in his paintings, even as he was making perfect anatomical sketches in his notebooks; perhaps he was drawing a distinction between science and art. Other critics complain
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This note was uploaded on 12/13/2011 for the course ART 2313 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '10 term at Texas State.