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Unfinished Paintings: Adoration of the Magi, Portrait of Frederic Chopin and George Sand, Manchester Madonna, Take Your Son, Sir!

Unfinished Paintings: Adoration of the Magi, Portrait of Frederic Chopin and George Sand, Manchester Madonna, Take Your Son, Sir!

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Chapters: Adoration of the Magi, Portrait of Frederic Chopin and George Sand, Manchester Madonna, Take Your Son, Sir!, the Entombment, Unfinished Portrait of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Unfinished Portrait of General Bonaparte. Source: Wikipedia. Pages: 26. Not illustrated. Free updates online. Purchase includes a free trial membership in the publisher's book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Excerpt: The Adoration of the Magi is an early painting by Leonardo da Vinci. Leonardo was given the commission by the Augustinian monks of San Donato a Scopeto in Florence, but departed for Milan the following year, leaving the painting unfinished. It has been in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence since 1670. The Virgin Mary and Child are depicted in the foreground and form a triangular shape with the Magi kneeling in adoration. Behind them is a semicircle of accompanying figures, including what may be a self-portrait of the young Leonardo (on the far right). In the background on the left is the ruin of a pagan building, on which workmen can be seen, apparently repairing it. On the right are men on horseback fighting, and a sketch of a rocky landscape. The ruins are a possible reference to the Basilica of Maxentius, which, according to Medieval legend, the Romans claimed would stand until a virgin gave birth. It is supposed to have collapsed on the night of Christ's birth (in fact it was not even built until a later date). The ruins dominate a preparatory perspective drawing by Leonardo, which also includes the fighting horsemen. The palm tree in the centre has associations with the Virgin Mary, partly due to the phrase 'You are stately as a palm tree' from the Song of Solomon, which is believed to prefigure her. Another aspect of the palm tree can be the usage of the palm tree as a symbol of victory for ancient Rome, whereas in Christianity it is a representation of martyrdomtriumph over deathso in concl...More: http://booksllc.net/?id=1843479