Perhaps the most striking aspect about the Virgin of the Rocks is the Virgin

Perhaps the most striking aspect about the Virgin of the Rocks is the Virgin

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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  paintings. An angel sits to her left, an infant John the Baptist toddles at her right, and  the Christ Child rests at her feet. They form a triangle reminiscent of the  Adoration of  the Magi.  The angel points at John the Baptist, and just above her hand hovers Mary's 
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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.

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Perhaps the most striking aspect about the Virgin of the Rocks is the Virgin

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