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First, you might use Leonardo da Vinci's painting, "Virgin of the Rocks." In terms of its symbolism, you might look at its religious connotations. Although some critics claim that it shows the immaculate conception, others think it recalls the moment when the infant Christ met St John the Baptist" (http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/leonardo/gallery/virgin.shtml).

When looking style and form, you might note its fluidity. Research suggests that "We can always tell a Leonardo work by his treatment of hair, angelic in its fineness, and by the lack of any rigidity of contour. One form glides imperceptibly into another (the Italian term is sfumato), a wonder of glazes creating the most subtle of transitions between tones and shapes" (http://www.artchive.com/artchive/L/leonardo.html).

When looking at aesthetic issues or underlying philosophy, you might look at the hints of Humanism. He uses a rebirth of Latin and Greek classics to emphasize humanity. He also uses a combination of human forms. You might look at its infusion with nature. For example, the peaks of the mountains and the light "reveal the ...

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Three pieces from this era are compared.

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Renaissance Art: its distinguishment from the Medieval period, as well as its evolution. Includes examples from the Italian Renaissance and European Renaissance.

First briefly explain what primarily distinguishes Renaissance art in general from the prior Medieval period. Then, trace the evolution and development of art through the periods of the Early Renaissance to the High Renaissance. Compare and contrast the work of an Italian Renaissance artist with a work done by a northern European Renaissance artist. Include a discussion of the different concerns and heritages of the Italian and Northern Renaissance artists and how these resulted in different characteristics in the art work of each region. Please use specific examples of art in your response.

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