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 Last Supper Pre vs Post Restorations
The pre-restoration was made by merging multiple photographs of it then that image was auto-aligned with the post-restoration image. Interestingly the computer was not able to auto-align the pre and post paintings (It requires 40% of the images being a match) but I was able to manually align the post and pre and combine them with 50% transparency - and then use that image to auto-align the two originals.
That goes to show how different the painting looks even after about 20 years not to mention what it would have looked like 500 years ago. It’s like having the same connect the dots coordinates but other artists - and time - have painted over - replaced - took off - and then reinterpreted the internal images quite a bit - but also leaving the edges of the puzzle pieces mostly intact.
Getting two photographs of the Last Supper to align like this without a computer’s help would be very difficult without taking pictures of them from the exact same spot with the exact same camera - very difficult to achieve with decades between. Leonardo was aware of this problem and designed his paintings to be viewed from a specific spot to avoid distortion. Interestingly he was also the first to realize that this distortion could also be used for artistic effect and it became known as Anamorphosis. Or in other words you can draw something that can only be properly seen from a specific perspective.
The most famous of which is by Hans Holbein the Younger - The Ambassadors - where there is a skull included in the foreground.
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…