He was ever curious, as well as a seeker after beauty, and life being his province, he loved to intrigue the human element into a Madonna and Child motive.
It was made at Mantua, and was designed to serve as the study for the portrait of the Marchioness which Leonardo never completed, if indeed he ever began.
Not until the end of this long letter does he mention the fine arts, contenting himself with the brief statement, I can further execute sculpture in marble, bronze, or clay, also in painting I can do as much as any one else, whoever.
There is no doubt about the authenticity of the heads of the Apostles in the Windsor Collection, orologi scontati del 70 or of the two preparatory sketches for the composition of The Last Supper also at Windsor, or of the drawing in red chalk at Venice, containing Leonardos hand-writing.Moderns who try to paint without first undergoing the drudgery of drawing for some years in the schools should ponder over Leonardos studies of the nude, reading at the same time the chapters on Proportion in his Treatise on Painting.They do not require any painting or glue.Critics have tried to explain the reason why Leonardo gazed into these gulfs, but the explanation is probably nothing more than the fertility and fecundity of his imagination.His sixty-seven years of activity were all too short for this giant, who excelled in every worthy pursuit of mortals except commerce and politics.Benvenuto Cellini describes King Francis as hanging upon Leonardos words during the last years of his life, and saying that he did not believe that any other man had come into the world who had attained so great a knowledge as Leonardo.Vasari states that a book of such studies was destroyed when the French entered Milan.
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Indeed, there is a resemblance between this arrogant warrior and the head of Verrocchios statue of Colleoni at Venice; it has been suggested.
In taking leave of this restless, richly endowed and rare spirit, we turn again to the last lines of Paters essay, and with him wonder how the great Florentine experienced the last curiosity.
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A flying machine of Leonardo da Vinci inspired by birds.The grotesque and the terrible often have an attraction for gifted minds, forming a relief from the endless quest after beauty and the physical strain of living continually on the heights.His spirit was never at rest, says Antonio Billi, his earliest biographer, his mind was ever devising new things.He was never content with the stereotyped and conventional arrangement for a sacred picture, such as satisfied Francia.John in the Louvre.Leonardo was nothing if not conscientious.