da Vinci And Me

In Aliyah’s art lessons last week, we learned about Leonardo da Vinci. He was a genius-an expert in music, architecture, military strategy, engineering, science, astronomy, botany, anatomy, and, of course, art. Yet, we learned, he was so busy jumping from idea to idea, that he rarely was able to accomplish much. His Mona Lisa is well known; instead of moving on to paint other things, however, he would keep coming back to it, and worked on it for years.
From the art lesson:
“Fewer than 20 of his paintings exist.
None of his building designs were ever built. His only large sculpture, a clay horse, was destroyed by French soldiers when they marched into Italy. But he did leave more than 7,000 journal pages filled with his sketches and inventions. His artworks are treasured as some of the world’s greatest masterpieces.”

I knew a little about da Vinci before, but when I realized how talented he was and how little he accomplished, I felt sad for him. But maybe I am wrong to assume that he wanted to do more than he got done. Maybe going back over his paintings and reworking them gave him great joy.
It seems to me, though, that he was striving for perfection, and in doing so, he only gained a few masterpieces. If he might have settled for less (say, just the greatest artist in his lifetime, not the greatest ever), we might have need of two Louvres, or at least a bigger Met. It is an interesting thing to think about.
I have a few talents, not as many as da Vinci, but I feel a renewed desire after reading about da Vinci’s career to work at putting them to use, to have some tangible things that will last, for my children to see and remember me. It would be wonderful to leave behind things I made and have done, not to point to myself or my greatness, but to inspire my children and others to use their talents to the glory of God, as well. Better get knittin’.
“Head of a Young Woman” –WebMuseum

2 Replies to “da Vinci And Me”

  1. Amen, Sister! That’s why I started blogging If I didn’t start writing, it was never going to happen. Ask Mom for the animated DVD on Davinci she just bought. It’s a good one. Have a creative & joyfilled day – LAW

  2. I LOVE da Vinci. His work is AMAZING!! I’ve been so fortunate in my life to see some of it…truly incredible. I see LAW mentioned a movie, so I have to as well…Ever After. It’s the story of Cinderella and stars Drew Barrymore. In this version, da Vinci has the role of the “fairy godmother.” It’s PG13 (although I can’t at this time remember why), so it might not be appropriate for your little ones, but YOU would love it. In fact…I might just have to watch it today 🙂
    Dozergirl.

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