Leonardo da Vinci Notebook Online

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Did you know that you can browse through a notebook by Leonardo da Vinci called the The Codex Arundel online, for free? I have no idea what he has written in it as firstly it’s in Italian and secondly it’s written in his left-handed mirror-writing, but that doesn’t make it any less fascinating to flick through. It’s filled with diagrams, sketches, and instructions for all manner of things. There’s a total of 570 images, all generously shared by the British Library online. It’s not just the Leonardo notebook online, there’s so much more on their Digitised Manuscripts page.Continue Reading

The Many Faces of Mona Lisa

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For the past couple of years I have been collecting Mona Lisa pictures from the internet. I like organizing things into categories and then adding to the collection over time. I have image collections of chairs, stairs, birds, bath tubs, black paintings, white paintings, and so on. It sounds crazy but it’s probably healthier than collecting cats, wives or stamps ;-) Continue Reading

Sylvester Stallone and Marilyn Manson

The Worth1000 website is always an interesting waste of time for me. It’s a site of Photoshop contests, where artists try and out manipulate, blur, cut, transform, and paste each other. It’s people using computer software to change pictures for those that don’t know what Photoshop is.

One of their regular contests is called “Modern Renaissance” which asks contestants to put the celebrities of today into old paintings.Continue Reading

The Virgin of the Rocks

Coxsoft Art has pointed out that the National Gallery in London scanned the under-layers of Leonardo’s “The Virgin of the Rocks” painting. They used a technique called “Infrared Reflectography” which is similar to x-radiography. There’s more on infrared reflectograms at the Art Institute of Chicago for those that are interested.Continue Reading

Search for Da Vinci Masterpiece

“The Battle of Anghiari” is said to be the masterpiece of all time, but the problem is that nobody knows where it is. Maurizio Seracini believes he may be on the verge of uncovering the lost masterpiece behind a wall at Florence’s Renaissance town hall in Italy.Continue Reading

Photoshop Renaissance at Worth1000.com

There’s another interesting Photoshop competition over at Worth1000.com. I love popping by to see their art related challenges that they set for digital artists.
This one is part 6 of the Modern Renaissance, where modern celebrities are given the look of the Renaissance. Here’s a couple favorites..Continue Reading

Mona Lisa – Technology Smiling

In an exhibition in Beijing there’s a version of Leonardo’s Mona Lisa done with computer panels and part from computers, titled “Technology Smiling”. Obviously it doesn’t hurt for publicity that the Da Vinci Code movie is creating a lot of interest for all things Leonardo, but I wonder how many times the Mona Lisa painting has been reproduced and/or appropriated by artists?Continue Reading

Monsters in Famous Paintings

Over at the Worth1000 website there was a Photoshop competition where artists were asked to imagine that the renaissance period in art also had monsters and aliens around.
There’s some pretty scary works submitted, and a lot of them are very convincing! One of my favorites was this scary looking Mona Lisa below (Scary Lisa). There’s also Mona Satan and another scary Mona Lisa here.Continue Reading

Leonardo and Mona Lisa

Leonardo Studio Found - (News submitted by Regina)

Experts believe they have discovered the a studio of the Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci in the monastery of Santissima Annunziata in the centre of Florence. It’s believed to be the studio where Leonardo met Mona Lisa, but nothing seems to be verified or proven at the moment. “We need to do more research, but these frescoes are very encouraging” said one of the researchers.Continue Reading

The Mona Lisa Smile

I could really relate to this article below on the Mona Lisa at the Louvre. I’ve never enjoyed the big block-buster exhibitions where you have to squeeze through the noisy crowd for a quick glimpse of a painting. They’re so claustrophobic and impersonal, and not unlike trying to meditate in the middle of a busy highway. The best thing about them are the catalogues in the museum stores, where you can take them home and view the works in peace. (Going to them at unusual times or when there is something else more important on, and fewer visitors is another option).Continue Reading