Virgin of the Rocks is an oil painting produced between 1483 and 1486 by Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci.
The Virgin of the Rocks in the Louvre, Paris is considered the earliest of the two identical paintings by most art historians. Most of art historians and authorities agree that the work is entirely by Leonardo da Vinci. This painting is about 8cm or 3 inches taller than its later, London version. The first certain record of this painting came to existence in 1625 when it was seen in the French royal collection. It is generally accepted worldwide that this painting was produced in 1483 to fulfill a commission in Milan.
It was a hypothesis that the painting was privately sold by Leonardo da Vinci and that the London version was painted at a later date. There are many other theories by art historians to explain the existence of two paintings which was regarded as the perfect example of Leonardo’s use of his “sfumato” technique.