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 "Savior of the World" that I am referring to in this post was not the painting being considered to be by Leonardo. It was one of his apprentices. Click on the image above to go to the blog that is about the correct painting.
It is going to be exhibited at London's National Gallery in November and auctioned off. It has been estimated to sell for 100-200 MILLION dollars. There is still some controversy if it really is a Leonardo da Vinci painting.
Interestingly I have a picture of Salvado Mundi in my book. I had compared it to the Shroud of Turin & the vitruvian man: both of which I think were created by Leonardo himself. I think he purposely painted the Salvado Mundi as further proof that he also created the Shroud of Turin.
They say that great artists "use lies to tell the truth." I think the Salvator Mundi was painted …
Leonardo da Vinci was born in a town called Vinci in 1452. He left behind thousands of pages of journals and hundreds if not thousands of works of art. He was obsessed with mirrors and painted more portraits than anything else (that we know of) so it's been sort of a mystery as to what he really looked like. Why aren't there more, if any, obvious portraits of himself?
Almost every artist, especially painters, and even more so - painters who paint portraits paint themselves a lot. If you have the urge to start painting, and there is no one around - you are always there. I know personally that I have more pictures of myself than anything else. Why? Cause i'm there, all the time.
I would imagine that Leonardo painted himself, a lot. I would go so far as to say he was his own greatest subject. He was obsessed with mirrors, he painted a lot, he wasn't always around a lot of people, and getting people to stay still for long amounts of time is very difficult. When you are loo…
With this one below. The one above is obviously very similar and was by Bernardino Luini who was said to have worked directly with Leonardo. I had thought it was the painting to have been authenticated to be by da Vinci. I tried the mirroring technique and it worked almost identically on both paintings - both Luini's and da Vinci's. They definitely shared techniques and these paintings were inspired by each other. It would be interesting to know who painted which -first. I would go with Luini trying to emulate Leo.
I believe that Leo and his fellow artists would try to compete with each other to see who could paint a more complicated and "better" painting. Not only that but Leonardo was trying to teach his friends and apprentices and what better way than "Try to do this!"
The curls in the hair are reminiscent of St. John the baptist, and the hands and skin look like the Mona L…