Virgin of the Rocks

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Virgin of the Rocks, or Madonna of the Rocks   -  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 hand, open yet domineering. In the 
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  • Fall '10
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  • otherworldliness. Leonardo, depicts Cecilia Gallerani, cheap optical illusion, convent dining room, German writer Goethe

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