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.
Italy wants Mona Lisa back, Louvre says NO
The Most famous painting in the world- The Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci - the greatest genius who has ever lived.
She currently lives in the Louvre Museum in France, where she has been for most of her life. She has only been exhibited else-where twice. Oh and one other time when she was stolen for a couple years.
She was painted in Italy, where Leonardo was from. But then when he moved to be the friend of the King of France, he brought it with him. There it has stayed.
Italy just announced that they wanted it back, for a while. Since she is worth almost a billion dollars - and there isn't any reason for her move - France said hell no. Siting that it was too fragile. Which is obviously just an excuse. But she should stay where she is. Unless of course hanging in my bedroom.
Louvre reject Italy's request to borrow Mona Lisa
"ROME, June 24 (Xinhua) -- Paris's Louvre Museum has turned down a request from Italy to borrow the Mona Lisa, saying the iconic painting is too fragile to survive the trip.
According to local news agency Adnkronos, the Italian National Committee for Historical, Cultural and Environmental Heritage and the Province of Florence had jointly appealed to display the world's most famous painting in 2013 at Florence's Uffizi Gallery "to mark the 100th anniversary of its recovery following one of history's most famous art thefts."
The masterpiece by Leonardo Da Vinci was briefly displayed in Florence and Rome in 1913 after being recovered in Florence two years after it was stolen from the Louvre by Vincenzo Peruggia, an Italian museum employee who thought the work should be returned to Italy.
That was the painting's last appearance in Italy and one of only three times it has been displayed outside of the Louvre.
"This is not a declaration of war against France. It's an appeal aimed at collaboration," said Silvano Vinceti, head of the committee leading the campaign.
"The Gioconda (the Italian name for the painting) has left the Louvre museum three times. It can do so again," Vinceti said.
But the Louvre responded quickly in a statement Friday, saying the painting was "extremely fragile" and to make the 1,100-km trip was "absolutely unimaginable."
The committee meanwhile is conducting an archeological dig searching for the remains of Lisa Gherardini (1469-1542), who is widely thought to be the subject of the portrait." link/Source
(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…