Leonardo da Vinci, The Virgin of the Rocks —99, — Photo courtesy of the National Gallery, London. The lines show the sketches for the first composition.
The Virgin of the Rocks sometimes The Madonna of the Rocks is the name used for two Leonardo da Vinci's paintings, of the same subject, and of a composition which is identical except for two significant details. Both paintings show the Madonna and Christ Child with the infant John the Baptist and an angel, in a rocky setting which gives the paintings their usual name. The significant compositional differences are in the gaze and right hand of the angel.
All kneel to adore the infant Christ, who in turn raises his hand to bless them. They are crowded in a grotto overhung with rocks and dense with vegetation. The painting was part of a large, elaborate altarpiece made for the church of San Francesco Grande, Milan to celebrate the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary.
Virgin of the Rocks By Leonardo da Vinci. A masterpiece of Christian art it is regarded as one of the Greatest Paintings Ever. Painting : Virgin of the Rocks Date : c. For explanations of other pictures, see: Famous Paintings Analyzed.
Why Leonardo da Vinciwho so rarely finished anything, painted these two identical compositions is a question that has long baffled art historians. This November will be the first time that the related works can be examined, side by side, and in their artistic contexts. The first version, which now belongs to the Louvre in Paris, was painted aroundor earlier.
Leonardo da Vinci, The Virgin of the Rocksc. These two paintings are a good place to start to define the qualities of the new style of the High Renaissance. Leonardo painted both in Milan, where he had moved from Florence.
Researchers at the National Gallery of London have used cutting-edge techniques to reveal a hidden drawing beneath Leonardo da Vinci's The Virgin of the Rocks. It shows that the great artist and his assistants, after laying out the original design, elected to take the biblical-themed painting in a completely different direction, to say the least. First, know that there are two versions of The Virgin of the Rocksone hanging in the Louvre and one in the National Gallery of London.
The Virgin of the Rocks sometimes the Madonna of the Rocks is the name of two paintings by Leonardo da Vinciof the same subject, and of a composition which is identical except for several significant details. The version generally considered the prime versionthat is the earlier of the two, is unrestored and hangs in The Louvre in Paris. The other, which was restored betweenhangs in the National GalleryLondon. The paintings are both nearly 2 metres over 6 feet high and are painted in oils.
It seems strange that in The Virgin of the Rocks we see two complete versions of a subject from an artist who failed to finish so many of his commissions. Both paintings are oil on panel but the Louvre version has been transferred to canvas. The painting may have suffered some damage during the transfer process but its condition is now stable.
Sketches hidden underneath Leonardo's 'Virgin of the Rocks' revealed after years. A series of sketches and hand prints made by Leonardo Da Vinci, and hidden underneath one of his most famous paintings for more than years, have been revealed for the first time. Scientific analysis of "The Virgin of the Rocks," on display at London's National Gallery, has shown the original composition Leonardo started and then abandoned, before he painted the final product that has been admired for centuries. Initial designs for the angel and Baby Jesus in the painting have been uncovered by the process, as well as hand prints where the artist or an assistant patted down paint on the canvas, London's National Gallery said.