What do you know about Leonardo da Vinci?
he painted The Last Supper and Mona Lisa
he drew Vitruvian Man
he was left-handed
right to left on the page in mirror script he was hundreds of years ahead of his time in some scientific disciplines
Mike Sissons, the young artist, was a fan. He was first to tell me those facts.
I loved Isaacson’s
Steve Jobs biography. For me Leonardo was not as riveting as the Jobs book. But I still recommend it. Leonardo’s life story is very interesting and entertaining.
I was surprised to learn
Leonardo finished very few projects over his long career. He died carrying Mona Lisa and other paintings around with him as he simply could never decided they were finished.
He was more interested in studying the
tongue of the woodpecker than in working on his paintings.
At times he hated the paint brush.
Studying nature to satisfy his own curiosity was more compelling, especially near the end of his life.
His last words:
The soup is getting cold.
I bought the audio version but Kindle would be better. The book comes with
Blake Morrison review:
Flamboyant, illegitimate and self taught, he was unreliable and an unashamed self-publicist. He was also one of the most gifted and inventive men in history
( La Mano The Hand) is a sculpture in Punta del Este by Chilean artist Mario Irarrázabal. It depicts five human fingers partially emerging from sand …
It is also known as either
( Monumento al Ahogado Monument to the Drowning Man), ( Los Dedos The Fingers), or ( Hombre emergiendo a la vida Man Emerging into Life). In English, it’s popular name is . … The Hand
While Irarrázabal had the entire summer to complete the project, he managed to finish in the first six days …
He later made near or exact replicas of the sculpture for the city of
Madrid (in 1987), the (Hand of the Desert) in the Mano del Desierto Atacama Desert in Chile (1992), and in Venice (1995). …
I was surprised to find it directly across from the bus terminal. Not nearly as romantic a location as you’d guess from the photos.
Crowded most of the day, I went
early morning to get the Hand to myself.
It’s deteriorating, as well. One day they’ll need do a restoration.
related – the
located in the Mano del Desierto Atacama Desert in Chile.
Free and popular. The
National Museum of Fine Arts is well worth a visit.
Generally I use art museums as a chance to get in some
speed walk training. But this one slowed me down a number of times.
impressionists. Especially this guy.
sculpture and there is some impressive work on display. Rodin, for sure.
I thought I liked
Miró after a past visit to Barcelona. Turns out I was wrong. His work is random.
classroom seems to offer children the chance to emulate Miró. Most of their first efforts are superior.
Worse than Miro.
I did like this
portrait of Jack Kerouac by Cambre.
Don’t get me started on Canada’s most valuable painting –
Voice of Fire.
I’m not much of an Art Gallery fan, truth be told. I mostly use museums like this for
But free of charge I quite enjoyed this one.
is located on the National Gallery of Art … National Mall, …
The special exhibition was
Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting. I’d never before paid any attention to Vermeer. But now agree he was a genius.
Normally the lives of
rich, dead white Europeans bores me to tears. But Vermeer and those he inspired were really on to something. Daily life. Quiet scenes unfolding in private household spaces.
I’d definitely visit the National Gallery again in future as I did not nearly see all of the exhibits. Not even by speed walking.
No President, not even Washington, inspires Americans more than
well over 15,000 books written about him.
Ford Theater bookstore
I visited the
Lincoln Memorial twice. It’s very popular at dusk.
His statue could not be more impressive.
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention were hosting an
Out of the Darkness Walk here when I visited.
Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered his “ I have a dream…” speech here.
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal’.
Lincoln’s work is far from finished. He needs inspire many more for many generations to come.