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April 15th
8:50 PM
Leonardo da VinciRed Chalk on paper | ca. 1512attributed to Francesco Melzi
562 years ago today, Leonardo was born in Anchiano, a tiny settlement outside of Vinci, and it was recorded by his grandfather Antonio da Vinci:
"1452. There was born to me a grandson, the son of Ser Piero my son, on the 15th day of April, a Saturday, at the 3rd hour [10.30pm] of the night. He bears the name Lionardo."
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LEONARDO!

Leonardo da Vinci
Red Chalk on paper | ca. 1512
attributed to Francesco Melzi

562 years ago today, Leonardo was born in Anchiano, a tiny settlement outside of Vinci, and it was recorded by his grandfather Antonio da Vinci:

"1452. There was born to me a grandson, the son of Ser Piero my son, on the 15th day of April, a Saturday, at the 3rd hour [10.30pm] of the night. He bears the name Lionardo."

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LEONARDO!

March 21st
8:13 PM
#21o314 [ Reconstruction ]Pencil & white Gel pen on Bristol Board16.5x11.75 inches | 42x29.7 cm
[ original available ]

#21o314 
[ Reconstruction ]
Pencil & white Gel pen on Bristol Board
16.5x11.75 inches | 42x29.7 cm

[ original available ]

November 8th
12:32 AM
Work in Progress: A Portrait of LeonardoOil on Linen Panel (crop) - Part II
Commissioned by a client in Florence, this is actually the second go I’m having at this particular portrait. After an irreversible mistake I made in the original painting that made the surface quite unstable, I had no choice but to start over on a new panel.
This is the underpainting, almost done. Colour glazes to follow. 

Work in Progress: A Portrait of Leonardo
Oil on Linen Panel (crop) - Part II

Commissioned by a client in Florence, this is actually the second go I’m having at this particular portrait. After an irreversible mistake I made in the original painting that made the surface quite unstable, I had no choice but to start over on a new panel.

This is the underpainting, almost done. Colour glazes to follow. 

October 3rd
8:39 PM

Vernato: Renaissance

Take a creative designer duo based in New York, and a range of Renaissance greats, and you get the ‘Renaissance Kollection’ by Vernato.

While all the t-shirts are equally noteworthy, this is the Leonardian, and so the Leonardo t-shirt is the one to be featured here, not least because I helped the team with a couple of things: pulling Leonardo’s signature from the depths of his notebooks, and giving them a selection of verified quotes to choose from.

Now to the shirt itself…
Its high quality, soft fabric, design (love the detail stitching on the sides!) and fitted cut really make it stand out from the avalanche of garish wearable tourist attractions that can be found in any old shop. Another good feature: it doesn’t have sewn in collar tags, which means your neck won’t feel like it’s being attacked by a cactus.

The collection’s catalogue offers a little more insight into Leonardo’s work, with some short essays that are easy to digest. And it, too, is a pleasure to look at (if the model, Cole Giordano, isn’t enough yet). 

That said: Leonardians - do the world a favour and go get one of these t-shirts, then grab your friends and make them get the others!

P.S.: These are men’s shirts, but they won’t look bulky even if you’re a girl. :)

August 1st
5:20 PM

Work in Progress: A Portrait of Leonardo
Oil on Linen Panel

A couple of months ago, I was commissioned by a client in Florence to paint an oil portrait of ‘a young Leonardo da Vinci’, and I thought it’d be nice to show a few progress steps of the work done so far… :)

As with my other (digital) paintings of him, this is based on various 15th century depictions we have of Leonardo that have been generally accepted by historians.

June 7th
9:31 PM
My apologies for not posting anything in a month. As mentioned before, this blog is not all I do, and sometimes other things take priority. 

That said, I will continue to post some bits and pieces soon. For now, let me just leave this photo here…

[ Photo: One of the Forster Codices, showing the ‘anchora spero' quote. ]

My apologies for not posting anything in a month. As mentioned before, this blog is not all I do, and sometimes other things take priority.

That said, I will continue to post some bits and pieces soon. For now, let me just leave this photo here…

[ Photo: One of the Forster Codices, showing the ‘anchora spero' quote. ]

May 7th
7:13 PM
Leonardo Portrait(Reconstruction - sketch)

I was commissioned to do a classical oil portrait of ‘the young Leonardo’, and this is the first general idea for it. It was approved by the client, which means I can now continue adding a few more compositional details and refine everything before transferring it to canvas.

[ This sketch did not make it to canvas in the end, as it was replaced by a simpler, more traditional portrait pose ]

Leonardo Portrait
(Reconstruction - sketch)

I was commissioned to do a classical oil portrait of ‘the young Leonardo’, and this is the first general idea for it. It was approved by the client, which means I can now continue adding a few more compositional details and refine everything before transferring it to canvas.

[ This sketch did not make it to canvas in the end, as it was replaced by a simpler, more traditional portrait pose ]
May 2nd
6:57 PM
A QUIET FAREWELL: A letter from Francesco MelziSer Giuliano e fratelli suoi honorandi.Credo che siate certificati della morte di Maestro Lionardo fratello vostro, e mio quanto optimo Padre, per la cui morte sarebbe impossibile che io potesse esprimere mie membra si soseranno insieme, io possederò una perpetua infelicità, e meritamente perchè sviscerato et adentissimo amore mi portava giornalmente.E’l dolo ad ognuno la perdita di tal uomo, quale non è più in podestà della natura. Adesso Iddio omnipotente gli conceda eterna quete…Ser Giuliano and your honoured brothers.I believe that you are informed of the death of Maestro Lionardo, your brother, and my almost more than father, but it would be impossible to express to you the grief I feel on this occasion, and ever shall feel as long as I continue to exist, and most deservedly from the selfless and incandescent love he bore me. The loss of such a man is an affliction to the whole world. God has now granted him eternal rest…May 2nd, 1519 - Leonardo da Vinci dies in exile at Chateau Cloux in Amboise, France. He was 67 years old.
In his will, Leonardo requested to have 60 lit tapers carried by 60 poor men, who were paid for the service, to follow his coffin. Aside from being a beautifully haunting and dramatic sight, as funerals were usually held at dusk, there was a reason for it, one that seems almost out of place, but also perfectly befitting his way of thinking:“So God can see the way to come for my Soul…”You will be forever missed, Leonardo.

A QUIET FAREWELL: A letter from Francesco Melzi

Ser Giuliano e fratelli suoi honorandi.
Credo che siate certificati della morte di Maestro Lionardo fratello vostro, e mio quanto optimo Padre, per la cui morte sarebbe impossibile che io potesse esprimere mie membra si soseranno insieme, io possederò una perpetua infelicità, e meritamente perchè sviscerato et adentissimo amore mi portava giornalmente.
E’l dolo ad ognuno la perdita di tal uomo, quale non è più in podestà della natura. Adesso Iddio omnipotente gli conceda eterna quete…

Ser Giuliano and your honoured brothers.
I believe that you are informed of the death of Maestro Lionardo, your brother, and my almost more than father, but it would be impossible to express to you the grief I feel on this occasion, and ever shall feel as long as I continue to exist, and most deservedly from the selfless and incandescent love he bore me. 
The loss of such a man is an affliction to the whole world. God has now granted him eternal rest…


May 2nd, 1519 - Leonardo da Vinci dies in exile at Chateau Cloux in Amboise, France. He was 67 years old.

In his will, Leonardo requested to have 60 lit tapers carried by 60 poor men, who were paid for the service, to follow his coffin. Aside from being a beautifully haunting and dramatic sight, as funerals were usually held at dusk, there was a reason for it, one that seems almost out of place, but also perfectly befitting his way of thinking:

“So God can see the way to come for my Soul…”

You will be forever missed, Leonardo.

April 25th
7:59 PM
A fare odore.To’ buona acqua rosa e mollatene ne le mani; di poi togli del fiore di spigo e frigate fre l’una mano e latria, ed è buono.
To make scent.Take fresh rosewater and moisten your hands with it; then take flower of lavender and rub it between your hands, and it will be good.

A fare odore.
To’ buona acqua rosa e mollatene ne le mani; di poi togli del fiore di spigo e frigate fre l’una mano e latria, ed è buono.

To make scent.
Take fresh rosewater and moisten your hands with it; then take flower of lavender and rub it between your hands, and it will be good.