Leonardo’s strange faces

There’s an excellent piece in the NY Times about Leonardo Da Vinci’s obsession with drawing weird faces: Leonardo was a true Renaissance man, fascinated with everything — the mechanics of flight, architecture, engineering, botany, artillery and human anatomy — but one of his favorite private pastimes was to draw faces, either as scribbles in the […]

Leonardo’s To-Do List

In his book Da Vinci’s Ghost: Genius, Obsession, and How Leonardo Created the World in His Own Image, historian Toby Lester translates one of Leonardo Da Vinci’s to-do lists. On it includes tasks like “calculate the measurement of Milan and suburbs” and “examine the crossbow of Maestro Ganneto.” It is no wonder the polymath is often […]

Leonardo da Vinci and the Codex Huygens

The Codex Huygens is a Renaissance manuscript for a treatise on painting closely related to Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519). Its author has been identified as the North Italian artist Carlo Urbino (ca. 1510/20–after 1585), who must have been familiar with Leonardo’s notes before they were dispersed. Some of the drawings are faithful copies of now […]

Bill Gates on the genius of Leonardo da Vinci

A good book review from Bill Gates on Walter Isaacson’s latest book Leonardo da Vinci. More than any other Leonardo book I’ve read, this one helps you see him as a complete human being and understand just how special he was. He came close to understanding almost all of what was known on the planet […]

‘Learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else’

‘Learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else.’ — Leonard Da Vinci Read more about Leonardo Da Vinci on the blog: Why Leonardo da Vinci wrote backward The undivided mind Leonardo Da Vinci: Thinking with an extra wrinkle in the brain ‘Water is itself the obstacle to water’ Study of five grotesque heads, […]

‘Water is itself the obstacle to water’

Leonardo da Vinci obsessed with water more than any of his multidisciplinary interests: architecture, science, painting, and sculpture. For Leonardo da Vinci, the current represented that perfect chaos that separated air from water. In his Book on Waters, he wrote: Nothing shares a surface with something and something shares a surface with nothingness. And the […]