Virgin of the Rocks

All Titles

  • Virgin of the Rocks
  • Virgin with the Infant Saint John adoring the Infant Christ accompanied by an Angel
  • View: Overall view (slightly cropped, top and bottom)

Dublin Core

Title

Virgin of the Rocks
Virgin with the Infant Saint John adoring the Infant Christ accompanied by an Angel
View: Overall view (slightly cropped, top and bottom)

Subject

human figure; New Testament; saints; Angels; Jesus Christ; John, the Baptist, Saint; Mary, Blessed Virgin, Saint

Description

An elaborate sculpted altar was commissioned by the Milanese Confraternity of the Immaculate Conception for their oratory in San Francesco in 1480. A new contract was drawn up in 1483 with Leonardo and the de Predis brothers: a central panel was to be painted by Leonardo alone, and there were to be two side panels showing angels singing and playing musical instruments. Two paintings of angels (An Angel in Green with a Vielle and An Angel in Red with a Lute) by artists influenced by Leonardo, are undoubtedly those for the altarpiece. (These panels are also in the National Gallery). Execution of the commission was protracted. Leonardo may only have put the finishing touches to it in 1508. The finished work was then sent to France, (now Paris, Louvre). Leonardo painted a replacement for San Francesco that was probably completed with some help from his studio in 1508, and which is now in the National Gallery Collection. Legends concerning the young Saint John the Baptist were popular in Leonardo's native Florence.

Creator

Leonardo da Vinci (Italian painter, 1452-1519)

Source

Description: National Gallery (London) [website]; http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/

Date

ca. 1491-1508 (creation)

Contributor

Fredlund, William

Rights

William Fredlund

Format

oil paint on wood panel
189.5 cm (height) x 120 cm (width)

Type

painting (visual work); altarpiece

Identifier

leon085x.jpg

Coverage

National Gallery (London, England, United Kingdom) NG1093; Trafalgar Square; Purchased 1880
Renaissance

Files

Citation

Leonardo da Vinci (Italian painter, 1452-1519), “Virgin of the Rocks,” Institute Images Online, accessed August 20, 2018, http://westerncivart.com/items/show/2927.

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