Comparative Literature and Culture 1020 Lecture Notes - Sfumato, L.H.O.O.Q.
DepartmentComparative Literature and Culture
Course CodeCLC 1020
ProfessorLaurence De Looze
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Thursday, December 1, 2011
Leonard Da Vinci
Virgin on the Rocks
•Mary is a beautiful young woman
•Everything goes back to Jesus (hands, looks,
•Jesus’ hand is raised in blessing
The Last Supper
•One of his most famous
•Not bombed in WW2 (“miracle”)
•Experimentation – frescoes in oil paint (didn’t
work out well it is constantly flaking off and
needs to be restored)
•Everything draws us to Jesus
•The moment where Jesus has just said “one of you will betray me tonight”
•Deals with psychology of the disciples
•Monks would have had meals looking at the painting
•Other paintings of this scene at the same time are more static
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•Leonardo in France
•Marcel Duchamp’s L.H.O.O.Q.
Assumption of the Virgin
•She is in the moment of rising up
•She is surprised (Medieval values)
•God is extremely foreshortened
•We stand in the perspective of the people who are still on earth watching
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