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.
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.
Some paintings are as mysterious as they are famous. Gazing at them is like diving into a deep dark sea. You never know what unsuspecting pearl your eyes might prise loose from their secretive lips — what key you might find that can unlock their power. Or rather, take both versions of the work that Leonardo created between and the one that hangs in the Louvre in Paris thought to be the earlier of the two, completed around and a subsequent one that resides in the National Gallery in London begun in and finished 13 years later.
She accompanied Joseph to Bethlehemwhere Jesus was born. According to Catholic and Orthodox teachings, at the end of her earthly life her body was raised directly into Heaven ; this is known in the Christian West as the Assumption. Mary has been venerated since early Christianity  and is considered by millions to be the most meritorious saint of the religion.
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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.
Maryalso called St. Mary or the Virgin Maryflourished beginning of the Christian erathe mother of Jesusvenerated in the Christian church since the apostolic age and a favourite subject in Western artmusicand literature. Mary is known from biblical references, which are, however, too sparse to construct a coherent biography.