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Madonna of the Rocks, also called Virgin of the Rocks, is another Da Vinci painting that makes an appearance in The Da Vinci Code book. There are two distinct versions of the work:



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History

This painting was commissioned twice by the Confraternity of the Immaculate Conception. The organization needed a centerpiece for their altar and gave Da Vinci specific instructions for the composition. Both versions feature St. John the Baptist to the left, asking for a blessing from Jesus. Mary, mother of Jesus, holds her hand as an indicator of Jesus' divinity. The fourth figure in the painting is the angel Uriel.

The original painting was delivered to the organization in 1486 and, according to history, they refused to accept the work. They claimed it had hidden anti-Christian symbolism in it. According to The Da Vinci Code, the baby on the left is actually Jesus and is shown praying to John. Mary appears to be holding a phantom head, whom Uriel is cutting off at the neck.

In the book, the title of this painting is written as the anagram "So Dark the Con of Man" on the glass of the Mona Lisa painting. The original version of this painting hangs in the Louvre and the clue is meant to lead the protagonists to the painting to find a key hidden beneath it.

See also:
Codes and Symbols
Da Vinci Code History


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Anonymous These photos are great! 0 Nov 28 2006, 2:31 PM EST by Anonymous
 
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very helpful!
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ACottrell Great photos 0 Jun 1 2006, 9:27 PM EDT by ACottrell
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Thanks for the photos with the entry, it really helps to look at what we are discussing. I have read so many interesting and wild things about Madonna paintings. I especially love the one with what appears to be a UFO in the background. Does anyone recall the name of that one? It escapes me...
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