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Comparative Literature and Culture 1020 Lecture Notes - Sfumato, L.H.O.O.Q.

Comparative Literature and Culture
Course Code
CLC 1020
Laurence De Looze

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Renaissance Art
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Leonard Da Vinci
Virgin on the Rocks
Two versions
Mary is a beautiful young woman
Everything goes back to Jesus (hands, looks,
Jesus’ hand is raised in blessing
Mystic caves
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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Mona Lisa
Leonardo in France
Sfumato (smoky)
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
her rise
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