Thursday, December 23, 2010

Leonardo da Vinci (April 15, 1452 – May 2, 1519)

Leda and the Swan (copy)

It's Leonardo da Vinci; is there anything more that needs to be said? Of all artists, most deservedly or not, he is best known. Even on the lips of someone devoid of any tangible understanding of art, da Vinci can slip out, just as Einstein can out of the lips of someone completely ignorant of science. And there certainly is a strong emotional greatness in his art.

Interestingly, one of da Vinci's most famous paintings, Leda and the Swan, is actually preserved as a replica made by Cesare da Sesto. What happened to the original? As many great artifacts of our long-lived civilizations, it was lost, only recovered in the semblance of a copy; and for many grand works, we don't even have the much.

St. Jerome
1480 - 1482
Head of a Man Shouting

The Battle of Anghiari


  1. Cesare da Sesto corretto / Cesare da Sesto corregido

  2. Laura, what is the purpose of that video where you're erasing the bellybutton of the child? I'm a bit lost . . .