The Confraternity of the Immaculate Conception, which had originally commissioned the Virgin of the Rocks, had for a long time been involved in legal battles with the brothers de' Predis, who had painted the side panels. Now, Leonardo had to return to the painting and supervise a new version. He may have done some of the actual work himself, as well; some critics think they see his hand in the angel's face. Certainly, his changing style is seen in the more aged and large-bodied Mary. In general, Leonardo's fortunes were on the rise. He soon became painter and engineer to Louis XII, King of France. In 1507, while traveling in the surrounding countryside, Leonardo met the young Francesco Melzi. The boy was 15 years old. Melzi, a thick-haired boy with almond-shaped eyes, became one of Leonardo's most beloved "pupils," along with Salai.
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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.