Secrets of Leonardo da Vinci
Each master, regardless of occupation, always has a couple of secrets, which sooner or later would be revealed. Leonardo da Vinci is one of the most mysterious characters in the history of mankind. He was a sculptor, a mechanic, a chemist, a visionary, a singer, a swimmer, a creator of musical instruments, a horseman, a swordsman, an architect … It was da Vinci who invented a space suit, a submarine, a steamer, flippers, a helicopter, a glider, a parachute, a tank, a machine gun, poison gas, a smoke screen for troops, a magnifying glass, textile machinery, a loom, powerful crane, system of drainage of wetlands, arch bridge and many other mechanisms that didn’t exist in his time. We have already mentioned him but let’s try to allocate some of the most interesting his secrets.
The most well-known fact is that Leonardo encrypted most of his works and records. He wanted his ideas to be revealed gradually, till time when mankind would be ready for it. The great inventor used to write incredibly small letters and obligatory by his left hand, from right to left. He was so meticulous, that also wrote all letters in the mirror image. Moreover, Leonardo could also write using the auditory method – he divided the syllables of one word, or suddenly put together a few words into one. If you remember the vastness of the knowledge that was available only to specialists in various areas of science, you will understand why most of the works of da Vinci are still unsolved. All these tricks that used by the artist still mislead the researchers.
Leonardo had a great sense of humor and loved to talk in riddles. He showered by metaphorical prophecies and loved to create rebuses. The artist didn’t sign his works, but his paintings had special identifying marks. For example, you can find a symbolic soaring bird. There were others. Thus, his works still can be discovered through the centuries.
Leonardo da Vinci has invented the principle of scattering known as sfumato. Master believed that life itself would correct his works. So, all the subjects on his canvases don’t have clear boundaries: everything is blurred, enters one into another, and therefore, breathes, lives and awakens the imagination. He could leave two – three smears on the canvas and go away, having left the painting for several years. If the picture had undergone any changes during this time, he wouldn’t have corrected it.
Da Vinci loved to examine spots on the walls, arising from moisture, ash clouds or dirt. He made a special smoked room, where he worked, to seek out the images in the clouds of smoke. Thus, a shimmering smile of Mona Lisa was born under the brush of the master. Depending on the focus of glance, we see the heroine of the picture either smiling gently, or predatory grinning. The second miracle of Mona Lisa is in the fact that she is “alive.” Over the centuries her smile changes – the corners of the lips rise above.
Another quirk of Leonardo da Vinci laid in the fact that he had never aspired to finish the work. He believed that the unfinished – is a mandatory quality of life, and to finish means to kill! Mona Lisa is, of course, a completely separate topic that requires a detailed review as one of the major mysteries of Leonardo. But speaking of the incompleteness of his works, I want to recall one assumption associated with this picture. They say that the great artist was indebted his death exactly to a model of Gioconda. Till now, there are several versions of who was depicted on the painting. However, allegedly, many hours of grueling work on it have plagued the great master. There is a conviction or just a belief that as soon as the picture was finished, the great artist died.