"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious." - Albert Einstein
Posted 21 August 2012 - 11:01 AM
Did Renaissance genius Leonardo Da Vinci paint his likeness in to one of his most famous paintings ?
In humorous verse, Visconti mocks an unnamed artist for putting his self-portrait into his paintings – "however handsome it may be" – and with his own "actions and ways", namely gestures and expressions.
Unfortunately it's pretty hard to say anything definite about this painting, because nobody knows what it's really supposed to look like. Leonardo used an experimental type of paint he'd invented which began to self-destruct almost as soon as it was finished. The painting has been restored 19 times, mostly very carelessly. At one point it was in such a state that they knocked a door through it, thus destroying the legs of Jesus (and making it less obvious that he's 8 feet tall). Judas in particular has suffered multiple indignities. At an early stage he was repainted to look more Jewish (a bit politically incorrect, seeing as all 13 people present are supposed to be Jews, but in keeping with the times), and since the controversial recent restoration which removed all brushwork definitely not by Leonardo, the poor chap has no face at all. So he may actually have looked like Tony Curtis - it's as good a guess as any. As is the assumption that Leonardo himself may once have been in there somewhere. Though looking at his self-portraits elsewhere, presumably if he is he'd be Saint Peter?
Hige sceal þe heardra, heorte þe cenre, mod sceal þe mare, þe ure mægen lytlað.
Posted 23 August 2012 - 06:31 PM
They look a right bunch of oiks in that picture! It'd be touch and go whether our Doris would've even served them in the Red Lion!
I can hear her now......."B****y hippies! Damned good wash an' a 'aircut is what they need! Coming in 'ere, droppin' breadcrumbs everywhere! An' that 'Holier-than-thou' one in the middle - he'll come to a sticky end, you mark my words!"
"Gæð a wyrd swa hio scel, ac gecnáwan þín gefá!": "Fate goes ever as she shall, but know thine enemy!".
"I was born with a priceless gift - the ability to laugh at other peoples' troubles" - Dame Edna Everage