Leonardo Da Vinci’s
The Virgin of the Rocks!
- Without Halos
TITLE: THE VIRGIN OF THE ROCKS (WITHOUT HALOS).
DA VINCI'S AGE: 30
Confraternity of the Immaculate Conception.
~ Leonardo Da Vinci’s The Virgin of the Rocks! ~
:Leonardo did not paint Halos which displeased his Patrons.
There are two paintings by the same name and very similar to one another;
The first was painted by Leonardo who did not paint Halo’s above the heads of the characters in the picture (Without Halo’s).
He was then asked to paint the painting again with this time adding the halo’s, which resulted in the second painting (With Halo’s).
In this first of two similar paintings, Virgin Mary is guiding John the Baptist (child with hands in prayer position) towards Jesus (the other child) who is blessing John. The angel Uriel (kneeling to the right of the child Jesus) is bearing witness to the event.
TYPE: Oils on poplar wood - later transferred to canvass.
SIZE: 199 × 122 cm's
Leonardo applied his scientific studies of Light and shadow particularly to the faces in the picture.
The holy characters within the painting do not have halos above their heads.
The Louvre, Paris, France.
Leonardo's application of Light and Shadow allowed for greater realism in painting and emotional content.
He was not paid for this painting, as his patrons were furious Leonardo had not painted halos on the heads of the characters.
The painting is particularly interesting as the characters within the painting are sitting around a geological cave-like structure. This could represent Leonardo's explorations of the caves in Italy where he studied fossils millions of years old.
Leonardo created a revolution within the Arts world of the application of Light and Shadow.
There is a belief in the Art world that parts of the painting may have finished by the ‘de Predis brothers’.
Overall however, there is no dispute that is the work of Leonardo Da Vinci.
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