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Rare Chance to see Leonardo da Vinci's "Vitruvian Man" at Gallerie dell'Accademia in Venice 2019

Vitruvian Man by Leonardo da Vinci (1490) (Venice, Italy) One of the most famous drawings in the world, Vitruvian Man by Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519), whose home is the Gallerie dell'Accademia in Venice, is rarely put on display because of its fragile nature. Now, to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Leonardo's death, the Accademia has mounted an exhibition entitled Leonard da Vinici. Model Man of the World, which features the delicate ink on paper drawing. Leonardo da Vinici. L...
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Rare Chance to see Leonardo da Vinci's "Vitruvian Man" at Gallerie dell'Accademia in Venice

Vitruvian Man by Leonardo da Vinci (1490) (Venice, Italy) One of the most famous drawings in the world, Vitruvian Man by Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519), whose home is the Gallerie dell'Accademia in Venice, is rarely put on display because of its fragile nature. Now, to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Leonardo's death, the Accademia has mounted an exhibition entitled Leonard da Vinici. Model Man of the World, which features the delicate ink on paper drawing. Leonardo da Vinici. L...
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How Leonardo da Vinci Drew an Accurate Satellite Map of an Italian City (1502)

When I look at maps from centuries ago, I wonder how they could have been of any use. Not only were they filled with mythological monsters and mythological places, but the perspectives mostly served an aesthetic design rather than a practical one. Of course, accuracy was hard to come by without the many mapping tools we take for granted—some of them just in their infancy during the Renaissance, and many more that would have seemed like outlandish magic to nearly everyone in 15th century ...
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How Leonardo Constructed a Satellite-View Map in 1502 Without Ever Leaving the Ground

Have you ever wondered how mapmakers made bird’s-eye-view maps before the invention of satellites or even hot air balloons? I have and was glad to find Phil Edwards’ video on the subject: Leonardo da Vinci is justly famous for a lot of different things, but we’ve heard somewhat less about his mapmaking prowess than his painting or mechanical designs. His 1502 map of the Italian town of Imola is the oldest surviving example of an ichnographic (i.e. bird’s-eye-view) map of a place, a type of ...
Tags: Jason Kottke, Edwards, Da Vinci, Leonardo, Leonardo da Vinci, Phil Edwards, Imola, Paul Strathern


Today Is The 500th Anniversary Of Leonardo’s Birth – Why His Ideas Still Resonate

Twenty-first-century scholars at MIT ranked him the sixth most influential person who ever lived. Like Rembrandt and Michelangelo, he is so renowned that he is known by only his first name. Yet despite his fame, there are things about Leonardo that many people today find surprising. – The Conversation
Tags: Art, People, Mit, Rembrandt, Leonardo, Michelangelo, 04.10.19


Kennedy Krieger research scientist explores Leonardo da Vinci's knowledge of the brain

Jonathan Pevsner, PhD, professor and research scientist at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, wrote an article featured in the April edition of The Lancet titled, 'Leonardo da Vinci's studies of the brain.' In the piece, Pevsner highlights the exquisite drawings and curiosity, dedication and scientific rigor that led Leonardo to make penetrating insights into how the brain functions.
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How Italy Seduced the World

Italy has been seducing foreigners since its history began. Century after century, in peace and war, over perilous passes, stormy seas, and rutted roads, they have come—explorers, adventurers, traders, sailors, soldiers, writers, musicians, poets, painters, sculptors, penitents, pilgrims of every sort—to the promised land of their imagination. For a veritable Who’s Who of Western civilization, Italy served as the essential finishing school, a required destination for any person of refinement. ...
Tags: Travel, La, Boston, Singapore, US, Ferrari, Italy, Henry James, Mediterranean, Mona Lisa, Leonardo, La Repubblica, Robert Browning, Dianne Hales, Nikolai Gogol, Berlin Sydney


11 of Our Best Weekend Reads

What do the Murdochs want? An assassin speaks. Billie Eilish buries a friend. Sam Rockwell as Bob Fosse. The best restaurant if you’re over 50. And more.
Tags: News, Billie, Murdoch, Da Vinci, Sam Rockwell, Leonardo, Rupert, Billie Eilish, Bob Fosse, Eilish, News and News Media, Murdochs


The Fantastical Sketchbook of a Medieval Inventor: See Designs for Flamethrowers, Mechanical Camels & More (Circa 1415)

History remembers, and will likely never forget, the name of Renaissance Italian inventor Leonardo da Vinci. But what about the name of Renaissance Italian inventor Johannes de Fontana? Though he came along a couple of generations before Leonardo, Johannes de Fontana, also known as Giovanni Fontana, seems to have had no less fertile an imagination. Where Leonardo came up with everything from musical instruments to hydraulic pumps to war machines to self-supporting bridges, Fontana's inventions ...
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Lee on Leonardo (once again): BBC Radio Quizzes Me on “Salvator Mundi” Conundrums

I was surprised on Sunday when the NY Times ran a long front-page article about the status (or lack thereof) of the $450.3-million Leonardo da Vinci painting. I was even more surprised when I got a call from BBC Radio 5, which wanted to interview me about the painting’s stale trail on its live news show for insomniacs — Up All Night with Rhod Sharp. – Lee Rosenbaum
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, Ny Times, Lee, BBC Radio, Leonardo, Leonardo da Vinci, 04.02.19


So, Where Is That ‘New’ Leonardo?

Seriously, where? “Few works have evoked as much intrigue, either in the world of art or among the courts of Persian Gulf royals. First, its authenticity as the product of Leonardo’s own hand was the subject of intense debate. Then, in November 2017, it became the most expensive work ever sold at auction, fetching $450.3 million from an anonymous bidder. … Now, the painting is shrouded in a new mystery: Where in the world is Salvator Mundi?” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Visual, Leonardo, Persian Gulf, Salvator Mundi, 03.30.19


"Now the Louvre Abu Dhabi’s failure to exhibit 'Salvator Mundi' as promised has revived doubts about whether it is Leonardo’s at all..."

"... with skeptics speculating that the new owner may fear public scrutiny.... Others have argued that the painting was so extensively restored by Professor Modestini that it is as much her work as Leonardo’s," the NYT reports in "A Leonardo Made a $450 Million Splash. Now There’s No Sign of It."Believed to have been painted around 1500, “Salvator Mundi” was one of two similar works listed in an inventory of the collection of King Charles I of England after his execution in 1649, Professor [Mart...
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A Leonardo Made a $450 Million Splash. Now There’s No Sign of It.

Since a Saudi royal, most likely the crown prince, paid $450 million for “Salvator Mundi,” it has vanished from view, and museums hoping to show it say they don’t know where it is.
Tags: Art, News, Museums, Da Vinci, Leonardo, Louvre Museum, Salvator Mundi, Restoration and Renovation, Mohammed bin Salman (1985-, Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates, Louvre Abu Dhabi, Bader bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan al-Saud


Why I Wrote LA PASSIONE

In the gleaming kitchen of her culinary academy in Florence, I once asked an architect-turned-chef-turned-restaurateur about the passions that had changed her life: How did she know that she was choosing the right one to follow? “Ah, signora, we do not choose our passion,” she said. “Passion chooses us.” I understood. Italy chose me. Decades ago, shivering in a frigid Swiss station after a talk in Gstaad, I impetuously switched trains and headed south to a sun-kissed country I’d never visited. ...
Tags: Travel, La, United States, New York Times, Italy, Venice, Florence, Sicily, Sardinia, Leonardo, Forster, Gstaad, Dianne Hales, LA BELLA LINGUA, La Passione


Official Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Trailer Released

Official Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Trailer Released Warner Bros. Animation and Nickelodeon have released the first trailer for Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, as the ninja turtle brothers make their first appearance in Gotham City and collide with Gotham’s Dark Knight. Eventually, both parties will team up in order to fight Shredder and the Foot Clan. Check it out below! PB = PB || {}; PB.gptStandAlone = PB.gptStandAlone || {}; PB...
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Is This Sculpture Truly A Leonardo?

Leonardo da Vinci died in 1519, and in the last 500 years, no three-dimensional works of art by him have come to light. “The 20 inch-tall sculpture, made of red clay, depicts the Virgin Mary, with an enigmatic smile similar to that of Mona Lisa, looking down at a smiling baby Jesus on her lap.” – NPR
Tags: Art, Jesus, Mona Lisa, Visual, Leonardo, Virgin Mary, Leonardo da Vinci, 03.09.19


Italian scholars unveil Leonardo da Vinci's 'only surviving sculpture'

Experts say crucial details prove that V&A’s Virgin with the Laughing Child is the master’s workThe curators of an exhibition in Florence have this week unveiled what they claim is the only surviving sculpture by Leonardo da Vinci.It’s always been part of Leonardo’s legend that he made sculptures, including a giant horse, but not a single extant three-dimensional work by him had been identified. Continue reading...
Tags: UK News, Culture, Art and design, Sculpture, Italy, V&a, Florence, Leonardo, Leonardo da Vinci


10 Reasons to Fall in Love with the Italian Language: By Award-Winning Author; Dianne Hales

innamoramento falling in love by Dianne Hales No English word quite captures the sensation of innamoramento, of falling head-over-heels in love, way beyond bewitched, bothered, and bewildered. But that’s what I am—an innamorata, enchanted by Italian, fascinated by its history, tantalized by its adventures, addicted to its sounds, and ever eager to spend more time in its company. Why fall in love with this luscious language? Here are my top ten reasons: 1. Italian is “beau...
Tags: Travel, Rome, Italy, Carnegie Mellon University, Dante, Leonardo, Forster, Italian language, Dianne Hales, margaret Fontana, LA BELLA LINGUA, Stephen Brockman, Italian American Authors, Italian American Themed Books, Azzurri Blues


In Berlin, There Was A Giant Mona Lisa

A 16-meter copy of Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece appeared in the German capital. On the wall of the house, street artists of the art association Die Dixons created a huge reproduction of “Gioconda”. A copy of the “Mona Lisa” is located next to one of the most recognizable sights of Berlin – the East Side Gallery. More: Source
Tags: Design, Berlin, House, Mona, Mural, Streetart, Giant, Lisa, Leonardo, Leonardo da Vinci, Vinci, Die Dixons, Gioconda


Italy And France Kiss And Make Up Over Leonardo’s 500th Anniversary

Last fall, the culture ministry of Italy’s new populist government took exception to the Louvre’s plan to assemble an unprecedented number of da Vinci’s paintings for a major quincentennial show this fall. A ministry official accused the Louvre of “[leaving] Italy on the margins of a major cultural event” when “Leonardo is Italian; he only died in France” and cancelled all loans from Italy for the event. But, after a meeting last week, differences have been ironed out and the Louvre show will p...
Tags: Art, France, Italy, Visual, Da Vinci, Leonardo, 03.04.19


5 definitive books on Leonardo da Vinci

Over 7,000 pages have survived of Leonardo da Vinci's personal notebook collection.Leonardo da Vinci's sketches, ruminations and theories make for a thrilling read. Many biographers have attempted to figure out what made da Vinci such a great artist.Centuries have passed and yet we still sing the praises of the quintessential Renaissance man, Leonardo da Vinci. The historic figure, the legend and the man fits the bill for our reverence, intrigue and near worship at times. Da Vinci was an inte...
Tags: Italy, Innovation, Classics, Literature, Biography, Renaissance, Florence, Sigmund Freud, Tuscany, Freud, Da Vinci, Leonardo, Kemp, Leonardo da Vinci, Vinci, Nicholl


Mona Lisa Had a Cleavage?

    A page in an eighteen-century book of an engraving of the Mona Lisa. History lessons then and now. I never noticed that the Mona Lisa had a cleavage as I do in this engraving. It strikes me funny that two people can look at the same thing and have two completely different impressions of it. The engraver back then seem to notice her cleavage more than her smile.       Why is the Mona Lisa so Famous via the Britannica.com "Louvre Museum and draws thousands of jostling spectators each day...
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SAP plugs IoT into Leonardo toolkit to woo big money industries

Cloud-to-cloud interoperability with Microsoft, more vendors to come MWC Germany's big name in back-office tech announced a suite of IoT capabilities in its SAP Leonardo toolkit at Euro mobility gabfest Mobile World Congress.…
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Michelangelo’s Medici Chapel: Light as symbolic element

A new lighting system revealed yesterday in Michelangelo’s Medici Chapel (or New Sacristy) at San Lorenzo is much more than news; it’s an opportunity to reflect on the role of light in Michelangelo’s prodigious project. Many art historians have observed that light plays a symbolic role in this space, famous for its sculptural representations of Night and Day, Dusk and Dawn, but it is indeed hard to notice this when you look  at the space with the artificial lighting system installed 30 years ago...
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“Telegraph” Gaffe: Louvre Affirms Its Hope to Display the Elusive Leonardo “Salvator Mundi”

Seemingly the go-to journalist for scholars seeking to debunk the painting’s attribution to Leonardo da Vinci, Darya Alberge wrote about “an apparent snub from the Louvre in Paris, which is understood to have cancelled plans to display Salvator Mundi in its major Leonardo exhibition.” But a passage, tacked on at the end of her article, seems to contradict that statement. – Lee Rosenbaum
Tags: Art, Paris, Louvre, Ajblogs, Leonardo, Salvator Mundi, 02.18.19, Leonardo da Vinci Darya Alberge


Famous Drawings by Leonardo da Vinci Celebrated in a New Series of Stamps

No special occasion is required to celebrate Leonardo da Vinci, but the fact that he died in 1519 makes this year a particularly suitable time to look back at his vast, innovative, and influential body of work. Just last month, "Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing" opened in twelve museums across the United Kingdom. "144 of Leonardo da Vinci’s greatest drawings in the Royal Collection are displayed in 12 simultaneous exhibitions across the UK," says the exhibition's site, with each venue's dra...
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Stamps Featuring Drawings by Leonardo da Vinci

The Royal Mail in the UK have released a set of stamps that feature drawings done by Leonardo da Vinci. The Royal Collection holds the greatest collection of Leonardo’s drawings in existence, housed in the Print Room at Windsor Castle. Because they have been protected from light, fire and flood, they are in almost pristine condition and allow us to see exactly what Leonardo intended — and to observe his hand and mind at work, after a span of five centuries. These drawings are among the gr...
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Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Crossover Movie Announced!

Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles crossover movie announced According to SYFY, Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Home Entertainment are collaborating together with DC Entertainment and Nickelodeon for a brand new animated movie crossover titled Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which is based off James Tynion IV and Freddie William II’s comics miniseries Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. PB = PB || {}; PB.gptStandAlone = PB.gptStandAlone || {...
Tags: Movies, Harley Quinn, Batman, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Frankie, Leonardo, Darren Criss, ComingSoon, Movie News, Bane, Troy Baker, Warner Home Entertainment, Cas Anvar, Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, SYFY Warner Bros Animation, DC Entertainment and Nickelodeon


Planning a Perfect Romantic Ski Getaway

Romance is such a loaded word.  The stereotypical flowers and champagne model isn’t bad, but realistically, how many modern couples epitomize the animated film typecast we grew up with? Not my husband and me. Our idea of romance is a ski-in/ski-out lodge, stealing a kiss in the trees between powder turns, and a CrossFit workout. What about you and your sweetie? When you’re planning a getaway from daily life, write your own version of romantic. After all, it’s your vacation. And if those plan...
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The Da Vinci road: walking through Tuscany

Five hundred years after the death of Leonardo, our writer sets off on a walk between the Renaissance cities of Florence and Siena, sampling sublime food and wine along the wayOn the first morning, I lean out of my hotel window in Florence and admire the garden below. Whose can it be? There’s a wonderful curving greenhouse that leans on an ancient wall. There are palms and lemon trees, fragments of time-worn statuary, an elegant wrought-iron table with a chair. On the table is a folded newspaper...
Tags: Travel, Food And Drink, Florence, Walking Holidays, Siena, Tuscany, Italy Holidays, Tuscany Holidays, Da Vinci, Leonardo, Florence holidays