A tribute to Leonardo da Vinci on the occasion of his five hundredth death anniversary. The original “Madonna of the rocks” is a remarkable painting. First of all, because there are two versions. Leonardo painted the first from 1483 to 1486. In 1491 he started with a new version. He worked on that until 1508. The average spectator may wonder why, because the differences are limited; a few colors, some attributes and an attitude. Both technically advanced artworks. I base this interpretation on the later version that is currently in the National Gallery in London. The first work hangs in the Louvre.
With geometric shapes, playful lines and primary colors I try to capture the essence of “Madonna of the Rocks”. It must remain recognizable for everyone who knows the original. And it must tell the same story in a contemporary way to viewers who do not yet know the original. The rocks give way to a hunebed, especially as a reference to the meaning of the scene in an eternal context. The result is more playful than the original version. Looser. More modern. Less technical, more symbolic. The composition and the arrangement get more emphasis and the colors are more pronounced.
Acrylic paint on canvas, 40 x 50 centimeters.
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