All posts tagged: Leonardo Da Vinci

It’s Walt’s turn…

Today is the day on which we remember the birthday of the American poet Walt Whitman, who is quickly approaching his bicentennial birthdate. Born on Long Island and raised in Brooklyn, he went on to become something of an itinerant journalist and editor for various newspapers… and usually getting fired for his ‘progressive’ views on such topics as woman’s rights, slavery and labor issues… May I just take this moment to say that we here in America seem to be still fighting, a lot, about pretty much the same issues to this day. Laws on the books are one thing… An actual change in personal attitudes seems so much further off. Anywho… Whitman said: Have you learned the lessons only of those who admired you, and were tender with you, and stood aside for you? Have you not learned great lessons from those who braced themselves against you, and disputed passage with you? Let your soul stand cool and composed before a million universes. And whoever walks a furlong without sympathy walks to his own funeral …

Happy Birthday, Leo…

Today is the day we remember the birthday of Leonardo Da Vinci. Much like an earlier celebration for van Gogh, I think I’ll let good ol’ Leo speak for himself. So many things were attempted by Da Vinci, but so few were finished. It’s everywhere on the net. Go look for yourself. Used to be, if you wanted to see his work, you had to travel. At least to your local library, for a book on the artist. Nowadays, all you have to do is type a few words. But it’s not the same as seeing them live. I once had the very good fortune to be in Florence, and saw Michelangelo’s David. Having seen pictures of it all my life, I still wasn’t prepared for the reality. The physicality of the piece, I’m convinced, will never be sufficiently capture by a photo. You need to see it in person. You need to see all of them in person.     Top image found here. Second image found here. Third image found here. Fourth image found here. Fifth image …