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Leonardo painted the work for the Confraternity of the Immaculate Conception in Milan

Leonardo painted the work for the Confraternity of the Immaculate Conception in Milan

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Leonardo painted the work for the Confraternity of the Immaculate Conception in Milan;  two brothers named de Predis painted the side panels. The contract with the  Confraternity led to many legal problems, so much so that Leonardo eventually had to  supervise the painting of a second version of the painting, in 1506. Perhaps the most striking aspect about the  Virgin of the Rocks  is the Virgin's placement  on rocks. A precipitous chasm separates the viewer from the holy scene, as if it were  taking place on some unattainable plane of being. The rocky caves in the background,  opening up onto a hazy landscape, contribute to the sense of otherworldliness.  Leonardo often used hazy, rocky background, and this provides the extreme example.  The Virgin herself is the most mature woman we have seen him paint at this point in his  career. Her head is longer and more natural than the round, stylized faces of earlier 
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  • Fall '10
  • staff
  • Human Body, contemporary medical beliefs., numerous revolutionary discoveries, large equestrian statue, father. Leonardo

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