Video/ animation to compare the Salvator Mundi with the early copies by: Wenceslas Hollar | Bernardino Luini | Sesto
Leonardo’s newly found “Salvator Mundi” (Which just sold privately for 75 Million dollars)
Sketches by Leo showing his studies for the sleeve and shirt.
Three copies by:
Wenceslas Hollar | Bernardino Luini | Sesto
Captain America 2: Winter Soldier’s Falcon’s wings vs. Leonardo da Vinci’s eerily similar designed wings from over 500 years ago.
The biggest difference is that Falcon’s are made of medal and use jets for thrust. Leonardo designed his out of wood and for them to flap to create lift, or to be powered by pedals. (He made many different designs) Also they were inspired from the wing of a bat and not a bird.
"I have always felt it is my destiny to build a machine that would allow man to fly." - Leonardo da Vinci
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Leonardo’s Lost and then re-Found Salvator Mundi just sold privately for
75 Million Dollars.
It probably goes without saying but there is a very huge incentive for any work to be authenticated to be by or even touched by Leonardo. This can make it more difficult for researchers and other people who don’t have ulterior motives. It also makes it complicated in “authenticating” a work.
Who is it that has the “Authority” to say it is or isn’t? Who gets the final word? Thankfully our technology is helping to clear up some of the controversy. With the ability to peer inside a painting and into the individual layers of paint and how they were applied it’s easier to notice individual styles.
Leonardo being left handed is convenient. So is his using his fingers and leaving his finger prints behind - they happen to be on file with the FBI and can be found on some of his works.
Perhaps the most intriguing aspect to modern technology is DNA testing - not just identification but analysis. If he used his spit or other fluids (Urine was used a lot for painting chemicals) that could be tested and compared between his works to positively authenticate them. Not only that but it could clear up the questions of where he is buried and if it is actually his body - and also to determine his ethnicity. It’s thought he could have been half Arab on his mothers side.
Or most interesting of all is what we could learn from, and use his particular DNA for. The structure of Einsteins brain has led to some interesting studies. What is it that made Leonardo considered the greatest mind that has ever lived? What better test for nature vs nurture could there be?
Imagine raising a little Leo clone in the modern world?
- c. 1490-1519
- Oil on walnut
- 45.4 cm × 65.6 cm (25.8 in × 17.9 in)
- Private collection, New York City (Where now?)
"The smallest feline is a masterpiece. " - Leonardo da Vinci
He is probably referring to their physical bodies’s design and their adaptability. A lion is very similar but it is too large. A small feline is able to climb, hunt, and reproduce very quickly. They can survive in almost any environment and not to mention can be very entertaining.
I didn’t realize until today who ‘St. Anne’ actually was. It’s Jesus’s grandma. Although it doesn’t name her in the bible but comes from ‘New testament Apocrypha’ which are like ‘fan fiction’ that May or may not be true. -shrug-
Anyways another thing interesting about this particular drapery study -sketch is that it is the area of the actual painting that Freud thought Leonardo subconsciously’ painted the outline of a Vulture. (When viewed sideways)
The vulture was supposed to represent his ‘mother’ because a vulture represents his ‘mothers nipple’ and is also represented in Egyptian hieroglyphs (as being mothers)..
It seems that I was always destined to be so deeply concerned with
vultures—for I recall as one of my very earliest memories that while I was in my cradle a vulturecame down to me, and opened my mouth with its tail, and struck me many times with its tail against my lips.
Ultimately the translation of the Italian word ‘Nibbo’ Leo used was not vulture but Kite - which is an entirely different type of bird, making Freud’s interpretation wrong. This was unfortunate for Freud since he later confessed after realizing his error that his article about it was, in his opinion, “the only thing I have ever written.”
Leonardo’s account of his first memory is still intriguing since it’s unlikely that is he referring to an actual bird’s tail poking his lips.
Leonardo’s painting: The Virgin and Child with St. Anne. Underwent restoration in 2011-2012 which resulted in a controversy causing two of the advisory committee supervisors resigning. Critics said that it was damaged by the restoration and became too bright. Others thought it came out fine. You can judge for yourself above. The darker one is the pre-restoration, the one with the brighter -blue is the post-restoration.
I tried to make a gif showing the difference but the pictures of the before and after must have been taken from a different perspective. That made it so they would not align properly. If they would have been taken from the same spot they would fit right over each other.
Ironically Leonardo talks about this same thing in his notebooks and designed his paintings to be viewed from a specific vantage point. It’s also the basis for anamorphosis - which is art that changes depending on your perspective. oh, Leonardo was also the first artist known to use it!
Sketch for the face in Leonardo’s painting: The virgin and Child with St. Anne.
- 18.8 x13cm The head of St Anne 1510-15 Black Chalk, wetted in places Royal Collection
Studies for the drapery used in Leonardo’s painting: The Virgin and Child with St. Anne.
- C. 1508. Musee du Louvre, Paris.
The Virgin and Child with St. Anne
- Oil on wood panel
- 168 × 112 cm, 66.1 × 44.1 in
- Louvre, Paris
St. Anne was “Mary’s Mother” and this painting depicts her with Mary and the infant Jesus. He is grabbing a lamb which is suppose to symbolize sacrifice and passion. the Virgin is trying to stop him. The painting was commissioned as the high altarpiece for the Church of Santissima Annunziata in Florence
Below are sketched studies for this painting that show the different poses Leonardo considered.
Modern Artist David Jean’s ‘finishing’ of Peter Paul Ruben’s copy of Leonardo’s original ‘Battle of Anghiari’ ‘….”
THE BATTLE OF ANGHIARI
This paintings is usually referred to as Leonardo’s Lost painting or “the Lost Leonardo.” It was painted around 1505 and represents the battle of Anghiari that took place in 1440. Researchers believe that it is in the in the “Salone dei Cinquecento (Hall of the Five Hundred) in the Palazzo Vecchio” and hidden under another fresco painted by Leonardo’s first biographer Vasari. When da Vinci was given the commission in 1504 Michelangelo was also hired to paint another mural in the same room and was the only time they worked together. Both of these murals were either ‘lost’ or covered later. There is controversy as to whether Leonardo’s painting is still there and why it was covered up. Researchers took samples and found paint that was similar to the type used for the Mona Lisa and St. John the baptist.
The painting may be lost but there are a few sketches Leonardo made for it and a copy made of it by Peter Paul Rubens. (pictured above)
and the winner is……….leonardo……….da vinci!!! congratulations on mona lisa
For those who don’t “get this” it’s a reference to Leonardo… Dicaprio never winning an Oscar. it is a running joke, especially on tumblr.
Madonna of the Yarnwinder or “Madonna of the Spindles” is a composition that it’s thought Leonardo and other artists painted. There are two versions that are also thought to have been worked on concurrently since their under drawings and changes to them seem to match.
The Lansdowne Madonna (Top Left)
- Oil on panel (transferred to canvas and later re-laid on panel)
- 50.2 cm × 34.6 cm (19.8 in × 13.6 in)
- Private collection, United States
The Buccleuch Madonna (Top Right)
- Attributed to Leonardo da Vinci and another artist
- Oil on walnut
- 48.3 cm × 36.9 cm (19.0 in × 14.5 in)
- Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh (on long-term loan from the Duke of Buccleuch’s collection)
- Owner Richard Scott, 10th Duke of Buccleuch
There are also many copies made: (From Left)
Private collection, Madrid; Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh; private collection (formerly Chicago) Second Set: Louvre, Paris; Museo Soumaya, Mexico City; Christ Church Picture Gallery, Oxford.