Virgin of the Rocks by Leonardo da Vinci

Title: Virgin of the Rocks
Date: c.1505-08
Movement: Renaissance
Media: Oil on panel
Located: National Gallery, London, UK

The Virgin of the Rocks, sometimes referred to as the Madonna of the Rocks) is the name of two paintings by Leonardo da Vinci. The earlier of the two paintings hangs in the Louvre whilst the other hangs in the National Gallery, London.

The painting depicts the Madonna and the child Jesus with the infant John the Baptist with an angel in a rock setting. Originally thought to have been painted by Leonardo’s assistants, during restoration in 2008-10 conservators conclude that the greater part of the painting is by Leonardo himself.

The painting was for the chapel of the Confraternity of the Immaculate Conception, in the church of San Francesco Maggiore in Milan/ By 1785 it had been sold by the church to Gavin Hamilton who took it to England. After passing through various private collections it was bought by the National Gallery in 1880.

Artist: Leonardo da Vinci
Born: 15 April 1452, Anchiano, Italy
Died: 2 May 1519, Amboise, France

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