Starting in 2007 this blog documents the multiple attempts to write a book about Leonardo da Vinci, with random thoughts and posts along the way. In early 2016 I finally gave up (or in?) on that and it was the most free'ing decision I've ever made. Maybe i'll go back to it eventually but now i'm able to focus on my other passions. The things I wanted to do "Once I finish, someday." I learned what I didn't like and what didn't work. Now it's time to figure out what I do want and what does.
Da Vinci Self Portrait (S)
These are the three images usually associated with being DaVinci portraits. Before photography there was no way to record what someone looked like without drawing or painting them. Since davinci was the closest thing to being a camera 500 years ago - since he was so good and accurate. It's interesting that these are all we have to get a glimpse of what he looked like. He was said to be extraordinarily good looking, but we dont have any images of him in his physical prime, only when he was much older. Not that someone can't still be extremely good looking as they age.. but it's still kinda strange he didn't leave many clues or images of what he looked like.
There have been a couple drawings, where it could have been him. But they dont show any detail. I've always thought he would have painted a self portrait - a good one. But it seems the best image we have to go by is the first drawing on this post. Some even question whether he painted it, or if it's really him. I would say it is. If i had one image of myself to leave behind for the future to see, It would be something exactly like that drawing of him. Supposedly from around 1516, a couple years before he died. There's something very special about it. Not to mention all the connections that can be made with some of his other works (Mona, Salai) which parts of my book are based on. It stands alone as being one of the greatest drawings and self portraits of all time.
So in the news there is a claim that someones found a new - painted self portrait of DaVinci. Showing that he had blond hair and blue eyes. I find it almost identical to another supposed portrait of him, (the second image on this post) but painted. Although it's very good, it doesn't remind me of any of davinci's other paintings. It's also interesting to note that in the news a couple months ago there was evidence that DaVinci might have been an Arab. Based on a finger print. This is slightly conflicting, since Arab's dont usually have blond hair and blue eyes.
But it could be that only one parent was, and the other had a lighter ancestry. If that's true then it goes along with my working autism/genius theory. The new supposed self portrait.
The shining is one of those movies that the people who only see it once won't appreciate. If you go into hearing that 'it's scary' you'll be disappointed. It's not your typical horror movie. It's not your typical - movie movie. It's just weird in a way that is hard to put your finger on. It's a movie with a lot of layers.
It's an example of a weird type of paranoia- questioning- is there a hidden meaning or isn't there? Are you just reading too much into it and seeing things or was it intentional? This is also a great example in that it definitely has some hidden meanings but also brings some vagueness since the director is dead and can't verify if they are his intention or coincidence or just accidental.
The idea that he filmed the hallways and blueprints of the hotel being 'impossible' is definitely true. It invokes a type of sub-conscious confusion in that we realize there is something 'wrong' with the orientation but…
With blogger you are able to control which posts are private (saved as drafts) and which you actually post. About two year ago I went through this blog and took off anything that wasn't "Vinci-related" which was more than half the contents. I've also used this blog as a quazi-journal, slash place to post lyrics and other things that even If I didn't post publicly I kept as drafts to remember something.
Since i'm winding down/ up towards publishing my book - which almost means publishing all the stuff that didn't get included, which out numbers it 1000 fold - I figured this would be a good place to start.
This blog was following along with the writing process and the trials and tribulations I was going through at the time - which ironically were exactly what I would NOT post. But since I finally feel that I can look at those as being 'past' rather than something that is still apart of me - it's more interesting than embarrassing. I feel a lit…