What would Leonardo da Vinci think of the world today? Or did he ever envision the future in five hundred years? How would we describe, the photograph, the moving images of film, the era of television or the internet to him? What would he think of art today, and of the overwhelming resonance in his work centuries later?
Leonardo da Vinci believed in observation. He sorted out the habits of living things in nature and drew a conclusion.To fully understand he dissected every object to see its structure of which he could build upon it. And like the seed that resembles a helicopter, he envisioned the possibilities of flight by duplicating its form. He looked at a turtle's shell and saw the possibilities for protective armored cart. He saw that life gave all the answers to the mystery of man in his need to define himself above all things yet not flight.
In art, painting brought the pleasure to capturing a moment of perfect bliss, the sitter relayed in their temptation for immortality. As with the portrait of Lisa Gherardini, he manged to merge a part of himself with the sitter as if he painted her from memory. It was a portrait of her, through him. And this is where Art is, as it shall to capture the human spirit, and stop time for eternity.
In Light, shading and stillness, cloaked from the darkness into light an Artist must protect all things dear to him. if one sees and believes what is truth.
And so for the answer, what would he think? Man has not changed in his quest for more.
Leonardo da Vinci, circa 1503–1506
Oil on wood
77 × 53 cm, 30 × 21 in
Musée du Louvre, Paris
Note: The most beautiful part of this painting is the left hand
Monday, October 15, 2007
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