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.
I always find it a little ironic that when something bad happens that people will usually take it as a sign that things are getting worse. When in fact - things are getting not just a little better but a lot better. The 'problem' isn't that more bad things are happening but that less are - so that when things do go wrong they are exemplified and sensationalized.
In California the weather is almost always great so when it rains - it becomes a big deal even if it's just a drizzle. It's "Dangerous" and you better watch out! Meanwhile in other parts of the world it rains more often than not and it's not newsworthy at all - actually it's more news worthy when the weather is nice.
There is also the types that find certain groups of people getting "more" or equal rights a sign of bad times. The kind that thought the world was getting "worse" when slavery was abolished or women were allowed to vote or the world becomes more liberal. For those it's not a matter of the world getting "worse" but more so that the world is changing from what they are used to - like when it rains. They seem to have lost the perspective that not only is change inevitable but that it is essential and like rain - it may get your socks wet or make you uncomfortable but without it we wouldn't have anything to eat or drink.
People may get offended and hurt by other people's words and beliefs or who think differently than they do - but forget that not too long ago they would burn you to alive or cut out your tongue. The whole - sticks and stones things. Sometimes we forget that it's a good thing to only have petty things to complain about - that someone's social media comment upsets us rather than where we are going to get our next meal.
These graphics (and the site) show the direction where the world is really heading and it's a great time to be alive even if some people don't think so.
(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…