Leonardo Da Vinci's Madonna Of The Rocks

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The High Renaissance was about naturalism and the artists from that time captured that ideal in impeccable detail, creating art that was and still is something to marvel at. One example of this is Leonardo da Vinci's Madonna of the Rocks (Fig 17-2, 1483-1490, oil on wood (transferred to canvas)). Madonna is an amazing work in which da Vinci captured the softness of the moment perfectly in the expressions and movements of the characters as well as the lighting of the scene. Another work from the High Renaissance that shows off incredible detail is Raphael's Philosophy, also known as School of Athens (Fig 17-9, 1509-1511, Fresco). Raphael's imagining of this gathering of great minds is large in scope and detail. Each of the men in the painting

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