Visionary & Genius
Painter, architect, sculptor, musician, scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist & writer.
Upon witnessing such an intimidating body of work, our own lives achievements are admittedly brought into perspective.
Although Da Vinci’s inventions and manuscript studies may be considered common place in today’s world of ever evolving technology, it is interesting to visually investigate and consider these notions and ideas as he did.
Have you ever watched the way a bird positions its wings as it glides on the wind? Do you know how this relates to flight methods today?
“Human subtlety will never devise an invention more beautiful, more simple or more direct than does nature because in her inventions nothing is lacking, and nothing is superfluous.”
Though not all of us are blessed with gifts of artistry, innovation and insight, we can certainly all relate to the fascination and pursuit of both skilled and higher learning. The motivation to better understand our environments and seeking to create, build, or dream of a better world.
My favourite parts of the exhibit were viewing the diary entries, sketches, and recreated living space.
The exhibit allowed for me to really piece together this picture, not of Da Vinci the renaissance man, but rather as a person. Although he was so productive and truly gifted, he seemed also a very humble and respectful man. A man of grace and passion.
“I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but they whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves their conduct, will pursue their principles unto death.”
This quote by Leonardo himself, truly speaks to his own character. He faced the day to day and made leaps and bounds in progress ,while always maintaining his integrity.
Overall this exhibit was a wonderful sensory and reflective experience. An interesting and educational way to spend an afternoon in Toronto.
“As a well-spent day brings happy sleep”