Da Vinci Exhibit

Musée du Louvre, Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France

1} Portrait of Leonardo da Vinci by Francesco Melzi, 1515-1518 2} Tete de femme, dite La Scapiliata- L’Echevelee , 1500-1510 3} Anatomie, Crane sectionne- Verso

An Italian painter, draftsman, sculptor, architect, and engineer whose genius, perhaps more than any other figure, epitomized the Renaissance ideal. The Louvre has marked the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci {1452-1519} by building upon their collection with additional paintings, drawing, manuscripts, and sculptures that will be on display until February 24, 2020 for the world to view.

Da Vinci is one of the most intriguing personalities in Western art, and I was completely captivated by the large number of drawings that recorded his thinking, along with the copious number of notebooks that were on display.

1} Study of Hands, 1474 2} Etudes pour une Adoration des bergers ou pour une Adoration des Mages, 1478-1481 3} Detail of a Centralized Church, 1488.

The way the exhibit is presented/setup, one cannot help noticing that da Vinci’s curiosity and insatiable hunger for knowledge never left him. He was constantly observing, experimenting, and inventing, and drawing was, for him, a tool for recording his investigation of nature and the world.

Kathleen

Weekend in Pitt

Traveling from Virginia through Maryland and up the Pennsylvania Turnpike is absolutely beautiful countryside. I love seeing farmland with cattle dotted into the hilltops, and have a penchant for silo’s. You rarely see these towers used to store grain anymore, and wherever the structures were I’d take a snapshots.

Our beautiful nephew is being baptized this weekend so, we are in Pittsburgh, PA for a huge family gathering. This time together presents an opportunity for us to sightsee in and around the city.

Kathleen