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Leonardo's Geology: The Authenticity of the "Virgin of the Rocks"

Ann Pizzorusso
Leonardo
Vol. 29, No. 3 (1996), pp. 197-200
Published by: The MIT Press
DOI: 10.2307/1576245
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1576245
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Leonardo's Geology: The Authenticity of the "Virgin of the Rocks"
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Abstract

There are two versions of Leonardo da Vinci's "Virgin of the Rocks," the first in the Louvre and the second in the National Gallery in London. There has been some debate as to whether Leonardo painted any or all of the National Gallery version. So far, research on the two works has centered upon an analysis of historical documents. The author, a geologist, has studied Leonardo's paintings and drawings from a geological perspective. She discusses the differences in the depictions of geological formations in the two versions and concludes that Leonardo did not paint the rocks in the National Gallery work.

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