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Shades of Grace: The Virgin of the Rocks and Leonardo da Vinci’s Notes on Paragone

Department of Art History, Willamette University, Salem, OR 97301, USA
Academic Editor: Vicente Jara Vera
Religions 2021, 12(11), 994; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12110994
Received: 1 October 2021 / Revised: 30 October 2021 / Accepted: 4 November 2021 / Published: 12 November 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Religious Symbolism in Renaissance Art)
This essay analyses Leonardo da Vinci’s innovative iconography in the making of the panel known as the Virgin of the Rocks (Paris, Louvre) in relation to his considerations on the important Renaissance debate of Paragone, or comparison among the arts, namely, Painting, Sculpture, Music, and Poetry. It will be argued that this work, as a depiction of a complex religious theme, may be interpreted as a laboratory for Paragone-related demonstrations, especially in regards to five points: the optical tangibility of the image; the temporalities involved in the representation; the variety of subjects; and, finally, its iconic stability and semiotic openness as vehicles to further stimulate the devotional value of the painting. View Full-Text
Keywords: Renaissance art and theory; sixteenth-century art literature; Leonardo da Vinci; religious iconography in Renaissance art Renaissance art and theory; sixteenth-century art literature; Leonardo da Vinci; religious iconography in Renaissance art
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De Mambro Santos, R. Shades of Grace: The Virgin of the Rocks and Leonardo da Vinci’s Notes on Paragone. Religions 2021, 12, 994. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12110994

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De Mambro Santos R. Shades of Grace: The Virgin of the Rocks and Leonardo da Vinci’s Notes on Paragone. Religions. 2021; 12(11):994. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12110994

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De Mambro Santos, Ricardo. 2021. "Shades of Grace: The Virgin of the Rocks and Leonardo da Vinci’s Notes on Paragone" Religions 12, no. 11: 994. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12110994

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