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.
The Battle of Anghiari
A copy of Leo's original by Peter Paul Rubens
The Battle of Anghiari
This paintings is usually referred to as Leonardo's Lost painting or "the Lost Leonardo." It was painted around 1505 and represents the battle of Anghiari that took place in 1440. Researchers believe that it is in the in the "Salone dei Cinquecento (Hall of the Five Hundred) in the Palazzo Vecchio" and hidden under another fresco painted by Leonardo's first biographer Vasari. When da Vinci was given the commission in 1504 Michelangelo was also hired to paint another mural in the same room and was the only time they worked together. Both of these murals were either 'lost' or covered later. There is controversy as to whether Leonardo's painting is still there and why it was covered up. Researchers took samples and found paint that was similar to the type used for the Mona Lisa and St. John the baptist.
Since this painting was documented and copies were made of it, by Vasari especially, it's strange that Vasari would have covered it over? In my book I assert that the title "Mona Lisa" which was first coined by Vasari - was used intentionally to contain the anagram "Mon Salai."
Since it didn't go by this title until after Leonardo died and was used by Vasari first - I found it problematic that it could have been the title da Vinci himself intended. Why wouldn't he have just titled the painting "Mona Lisa" himself? It wasn't until I read about this Vasari/ Battle of Anghiari correlation that I could find a direct connection. If Vasari saw this painting and then "covered it up" (Literally) it seems that there would have to be a reason. There are also some strange anomalies in his biography of Leonardo that also allude to him providing clues to da Vinci's works. I'm unsure on the details but there seems to be an extended collaboration between the two which would have had to been facilitated by an intermediary person(s) or directions left behind by Leonardo himself. I think that Leonardo left behind a secretive set of directions or clues to his companions/ collaborators that would set up and expand on the "puzzles and riddles" embedded in his works. Kinda like he said "After I die make sure X happens" or that his last wishes were willed to certain people that would place other pieces of the puzzles that he couldn't during his own life time. As I call it "A premeditated advertising scheme."
The shining is one of those movies that the people who only see it once won't appreciate. If you go into hearing that 'it's scary' you'll be disappointed. It's not your typical horror movie. It's not your typical - movie movie. It's just weird in a way that is hard to put your finger on. It's a movie with a lot of layers.
It's an example of a weird type of paranoia- questioning- is there a hidden meaning or isn't there? Are you just reading too much into it and seeing things or was it intentional? This is also a great example in that it definitely has some hidden meanings but also brings some vagueness since the director is dead and can't verify if they are his intention or coincidence or just accidental.
The idea that he filmed the hallways and blueprints of the hotel being 'impossible' is definitely true. It invokes a type of sub-conscious confusion in that we realize there is something 'wrong' with the orientation but…
With blogger you are able to control which posts are private (saved as drafts) and which you actually post. About two year ago I went through this blog and took off anything that wasn't "Vinci-related" which was more than half the contents. I've also used this blog as a quazi-journal, slash place to post lyrics and other things that even If I didn't post publicly I kept as drafts to remember something.
Since i'm winding down/ up towards publishing my book - which almost means publishing all the stuff that didn't get included, which out numbers it 1000 fold - I figured this would be a good place to start.
This blog was following along with the writing process and the trials and tribulations I was going through at the time - which ironically were exactly what I would NOT post. But since I finally feel that I can look at those as being 'past' rather than something that is still apart of me - it's more interesting than embarrassing. I feel a lit…