Did you know that Despite being one of the most famous painters in history, only 15 paintings of Leonardo da Vinci are known to exist. The small number of surviving paintings is due in part to Leonardo’s frequently disastrous experimentation with new techniques and his chronic procrastination. He also had a weird artistic philosophy in which he would destroy any art he felt was not perfect. He thought art should be like magic; that is should be produced flawlessly. He destroyed most of his sketchbooks for this reason.
No idea where you read that, but it is mostly a misconception of da Vinci.
His idea was to follow classic proportions laid down by the Greeks. That is not that hard. That was what was meant by perfection. It was an ideal. Reality takes more effort.
Not sure how anyone would call da Vinci a procrastinator. He was very prolific in his medical drawings. He may have preferred drawing to painting. I think he still has some sort of record for the most anatomy drawings ever done.
He worked tirelessly.
adding, I have created roughly 400 images for show in a four year period. What is on the cutting room floor is far more numerous.
Da Vinci's artwork certainly has a magical and such a life life appreance to it. I had the pleasure of viewing his pieces in the Luove last year. I didn't release how many pieces of artwork were on view. I was inspired by his craft, perfection and truly life-like appearance. One cannot though define Da Vinci to his paintings alone he was truly a total and complete Renaissance Artist of his time to this day. It is amazing that those most talented still doubt their ability....the curse of something not been perfect pushes you to do more and strive for perfection.
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