Wednesday, April 15, 2009

The MMOB Daily Quote - Artist Spotlight on Leonardo da Vinci

Today we have a rare multiple shot - our birthday boy, MMOB Daily Quotee, Doing Stuff and Artist Spotlightee is none other than Leonardo da Vinci

Last year, my family and I experienced Leonardo's work firsthand as attendees at a special KGO sponsored night at The Tech Museum Museum of Innovation in San Jose. It was the unveiling of a great showing of his works titled 500 Years Into the Future: Leonardo and it was truly eye opening. While we were all familiar with the man and his amazing work, none of us truly appreciated the breadth of his artistic and creative genius and the sheer impact his work has had on the world. Unfortunately, the show has moved on from California, but if it lands somewhere near you, I encourage you to check it out. For the rest of us, I found an interactive teaching tool called Welcome to Exploring Leonardo from the Museum of Science that will give you a greater appreciation as well.

To further illuminate you, here's a little background on Mr. da Vinci from
WebMuseum, Paris:

Leonardo DA VINCI (b. 1452, Vinci, Republic of Florence [now in Italy]--d. May 2, 1519, Cloux, Fr.), Italian painter, draftsman, sculptor, architect, and engineer whose genius, perhaps more than that of any other figure, epitomized the Renaissance humanist ideal. His Last Supper (1495-97) and Mona Lisa (1503-06) are among the most widely popular and influential paintings of the Renaissance. His notebooks reveal a spirit of scientific inquiry and a mechanical inventiveness that were centuries ahead of his time.

Words of wisdom from Leonardo pulled from

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”

“Learning never exhausts the mind”

“Nature never breaks her own laws”

“I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.”

“Art is never finished, only abandoned.”

“There are three classes of people: those who see. Those who see when they are shown. Those who do not see.”

Where the spirit does not work with the hand there is no art”

“Iron rusts from disuse; water loses its purity from stagnation ... even so does inaction sap the vigour of the mind.”

“As a well spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well spent brings happy death.”

“Where there is shouting, there is no true knowledge.”

“The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions.”

A small GALLERY of Leonardo da VInci art pulled from the Internet

Cheers! - Jason

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