What did Leonardo da Vinci look like?
|This is thought to be a self portrait he included in the lower right hand corner of "Adoration of the Magi"|
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 looking in a mirror, and painting, you have a subject that will pose for you for as long as you can paint. I would think that in the same way that I taught myself to take portraits, by taking self portraits, da Vinci used his own reflection to do the same.
The logic is sound, but the evidence is evidently lacking. There is really only one sketch that is considered to be a self portrait, and that was in 1516ish when he was already old. Even this sketch is slightly controversial, although I am confident it was by his hand and his face. There is something magic about it and it is one of my favorite images of all time.
|The Mona Lisa and Leo's Self portrait combined.|
Second: The seemingly random dots and lines are not as random as they appear. When you apply the mirroring technique to it, they align and create other images. The full explanation will be in my book but the amount of talent and technique required to achieve this is immense. Keep in mind Leonardo is considered the greatest genius who has ever lived, so you could only imagine how intellectually immense he would make his self portrait. Especially after he spent his life perfecting his technique.
Getting back to what he really looked like, as he would look in a photograph. We are left surprisingly vague. Like I said before there is a huge chance he painted himself many many times. But! We really don't have any clear cut idea of what he looked like. He was such an amazing painter that if he were to paint himself it would almost appear to be more photographic than artistic. But there are no painted self portraits. Why? What did he look like?
|This is suppose to be of Leonardo. Who made it? Did da Vinci pose for it?|
I've been researching da Vinci for over 6 years now. I've seen most of his sketches, all of his paintings, and read his bioraphies. During this time I've developed an image of him in my mind. Its based off the images that might be self portraits and my own imagination. Obviously his appearance would vary from year to year and most people imagine him as an old and balding professor. But like everyone else in the world, at one point, in his prime. He probably had a 6pack, he dressed nice, he could sing, play music, and was a party planner for royalty. He wasn't always an old man!
|This is "Alex Karev" From Grey's Anatomy played by Justin Chambers|
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|This is an attempt to turn Leonardo's Self portrait into something more photo-realistic. I'm not nearly finished.|