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.
Mini- Vegetarian: Luiz Antonio: Why He Doesn't Want to Eat Octopus (English)
This lil guy pleads a very convincing case for not eating animals.
Translated to English:
Luiz: This octopus isn't real right?
Luiz: Then alright. He doesn't speak and he doesn't have a head right?
Mom:He doesn't have a head these are only the copped little legs of the octopus
Luiz: huh but.. is he head in the sea?
It is at the fish market
Luiz: The man chopped it..? Like this? (chopping motions)
Yes he did
So we can eat it. otherwise we'd have to swallow it all.
Luiz: But why?
So we can eat it, love. Just like a cow is chopped, a chicken is chopped.
Luiz: Ah.. the chicken. no. Nobody eats chicken!
Nobody eats chicken?
Luiz: No.. those are animals!
So lets eat the gnocchi? Eat the potato then?
Luiz: Err. Just the potato and just the rice
Luiz: Octopus are animals
Luiz: All of them are animals - fish are animals, octopus are animals, chicken are animals, cows are animals, pigs are animals,
Luiz: So when we eat animals they die
So we can eat, love.
Luiz: Why.. do they die? I don't like that they die. I like that they stay standing up. (happy)
Ok. Alright. So we're not gonna eat it anymore, ok?
Luiz: Ok! These animals, you gotta take care of them, and not eat them!
(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…