500 years of universal genius Leonardo da Vinci

Sigmund Freud said: “Leonardo da Vinci resembled a man who had awoken too early in the darkness, while all the others were still asleep.” In fact, da Vinci was far ahead of the knowledge of that time. He was a painter, sculptor, architect, anatomist, mechanic, engineer, writer, natural philosopher, inventor, scientist and prophet in one person.

Leonardo was born on 15 April 1452 in the village “Vinci”, hence the addition “da Vinci” (from Vinci). His father was the notary Piero da Vinci, his mother the maid Caterina. Leonardo spent most of his youth in Florence. To describe his life and work here would go beyond the scope of this book. More information can be found on various websites, such as Wikipedia

In 2019, the 500th anniversary of his death is commemorated. He died on 2 May 1519 in his old age residence at Clos Lucé Castle in France. We want to illuminate here, which works there are about Leonardo da Vinci. and/or with a reference to the person.

Drawing inspiration from the sketches of Leonardo da Vinci, Erik Morales offers the composition Da Vinci Sketches based on da Vinci’s sketches relating to art, architecture, industry, and human flight. After an ethereal opening with a beautiful flute solo, the main theme is stated in its entirety. This theme builds through ever-changing textures as it climaxes in a massive percussion break before moving to the lyrical second theme, representing the Mona Lisa. The opening theme returns in a new setting as the piece comes to a stunning conclusion.

In James Diaz’s Orion III, Leonardo da Vinci is quoted by an astronaut: “Floyd suddenly remembered a quote from Leonardo da Vinci that he had once seen in a NASA office: the Great Bird will take his flight on the back of the Great Bird and bring fame to the nest where he was born.” These are the thoughts that go through the mind of the astronaut “Flordy” in his space capsule when the rocket is launched.

In the film The Three Musketeers, the musketeers Athos, Porthos and Aramis steal airship drawings from Leonardo da Vinci with the help of Milady de Winter. But they are betrayed by Milady, who puts them out of action and sells the blueprints to the Duke of Buckingham….

In Le Strade di Rezzato (The Streets of Rezzato), the Via Leonardo da Vinci is also depicted in the form of a delicate waltz, creating a sophisticated atmosphere.

Here all works with reference to Leonardo da Vinci.

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