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Carlton Thorne

7 Days Ago

Perfection

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.

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Abbie Shores

7 Days Ago

Now you see...? I knew I took after someone famous.

"Disastrous"
"chronic procrastination"

Yup... There you go

 

Mario Carta

7 Days Ago

OH that quest for perfection, I hate it. I have learned to settle for a little less than perfect, it makes life easier. Poor Leonardo!

 

David Manlove

7 Days Ago

"He thought art should be like magic; that it should be produced flawlessly."

Ha, me too! But, not a very realistic view, for most of us.

No one or no thing is perfect except maybe in your own mind. Unless you're a savant. Do you think he was?

 

Ng Kok Hwa

7 Days Ago

It is very difficult if not impossible to judge what is perfection in art because art is so subjective.

 

Abbie Shores

7 Days Ago

That is why none of us ever achieve it and some try too hard to attain the unattainable

 

Tibor Tivadar Kui

7 Days Ago

Nothing man-made is perfect.

 

Mario Carta

7 Days Ago

I agree with Tibor. :-)

 

David Bridburg

6 Days Ago

Carlton,

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.

Dave Bridburg
Bridburg.com
Post Modern Gallery

 

COLM HUGHES

6 Days Ago

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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