Leonardo da Vinci


The Pursuit of Art, 2013

by Thomas Micchelli on December 28, 2013

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Memories fade. That’s the one good reason, as far as I can see, to compile an end-of-year list. It’s sometimes startling to retrace what attracted my attention over the course of a year; it is also instructive to determine where such a miscellany of shows fits in with ongoing areas of interest, and which ones, in hindsight, merited the time it took to review them.

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Post image for After 500 Years, Leonardo da Vinci’s Piano Machine Comes Alive

Leonardo da Vinci had a lot of wild schemes for inventions, like a robot knight and elaborate flying machines that gave humans wings, but one he never got to experience himself has finally been realized by a crafty Polish pianist.

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The centerpiece of the stunning new exhibition at the Morgan Library & Museum, Leonardo da Vinci: Treasures from the Biblioteca Reale, Turin, is “Head of a Young Woman,” which Bernard Berenson, the renowned authority on Italian Renaissance art, called “one of the finest achievements of all draughtsmanship.”

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Everyone knows the artist-as-hero myth, but what about the artist as action hero? From what I can tell, that’s essentially the premise of a new Starz show coming in April called Da Vinci’s Demons.

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Post image for In Their 11th Hour, Cooper 11 Recreate Leonardo’s “Last Supper”

You’re furious at the plans to end free education at Cooper Union, an institution long applauded as one of the progressive beacons of 19th-century education. You’re an art student and join 10 other art students in a protest action that includes the occupation of your school’s clocktower. Now, how do you symbolically choose to end your occupation? Stage Leonardo’s “Last Supper,” of course.

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Based upon sketches drawn round the time he worked on “The Last Supper” (15th C.), an Italian fashion house is introducing a new bag designed by the original Renaissance man himself.

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You may have heard that Mattel has launched its new Museum Collection of Barbie dolls. Inspired by Vincent Van Gogh’s “Starry Night,” Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” and Gustav Klimt’s “Portrait of Adele Block-Bauer I,” these dolls, which are part of a brand cherished by children the world over, aren’t exactly exciting … yawn. What if Mattel was a little more adventurous? Here are our suggestions.

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We are closer than ever to figuring out if the woman in Leonardo da Vinci’s super-duper-famous-beyond-belief painting, “Mona Lisa” (1503-1519), is actually Lisa Gherardini Del Giocondo, who art historians believe to be the person in the picture. LiveScience has the story.

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