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Unformatted text preview: When he was about 30 years old and probably working quite independently from Verrocchio, Leonardo received a commission for The Adoration of the Magi. He soon left Florence for Milan, and thus it stands unfinished. Nonetheless, critics consider it a masterpiece. It shows Leonardo's ability to endow a familiar scenehere, the three wise men's adoration of Christwith a fresh and lively spirit. The traditional manger has been removed to the rear side, to make room for a crowd of people reacting with emotion to the Child's Epiphany. Leonardo famously noted, "A good painter has two subjects of primary importance: man and the state of man's mind. The first is easy, the second difficult, since it must be conveyed by means of the gestures and movements of the various parts of the body." Here we see these "gestures and movements" in brilliant various parts of the body....
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- Fall '10