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.
If you are new to my "blook" then this is a summary/ preview of what it's about: Also go to my web site itsjustlife.com for more details
Here is a sneak peek into the various chapters and discoveries that are included in
The Cartoon of St. Ann. This proves that Leonardo implemented a mirroring technique to hide additional images in his art. I'm calling it the Sfumato Effect. Click HERE to see an animation showing what I mean. It's explained thoroughly in my book.
This is the painting of St. Ann by da Vinci. When the technique is applied there are numbers and letters that are revealed. I'm not totally sure what they mean but seem to be directions or coordinates to further the effect and unlock addition hidden images. I'll be posting more about this and examples of the hidden images on my site soon!
The Shroud of turin is the most studied human artifact of all time. Leonardo's drawing "The vitruvian man" is one of his most iconic. What do they have in common? Was the image on the shroud a divine miracle or an example of Da Vinci's revolutionary "Sfumato Effect" Read about it here, and in my book.
The Last Supper is one of the most famous paintings in the world. It is wall sized and took Leonardo 4 years to complete. It started to fall apart hundreds of years ago. Many restorations have been attempted. The character to the Left of Jesus has caused controversy for looking "feminine" Could it be Mary? Jesus's potential wife and mother of his child as made infamous by Dan Brown's"Da Vinci Code"? See what i've found in this painting when the sfumato effect is applied for yourself HERE and detailed in my book.
And who was Salai? Was he just Leonardo's assistant for over 20 years, or his lover? Why does a painting of Salai combine with the face of the Mona Lisa AND Da Vinci's self portrait? Why does the image of a young girl magically appear when they are combined?
What does Leonardo mean by his quote:
"If Liberty is Dear to you, may you never DISCOVER that my face is love's prison"
(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…