If I were to say here an now that I am the reincarnation of Da Vinci who has returned with my Muses in order to create a dynamic world ruling Art Guild called ‘The Rose of the World’, many of my readers would say;
“Did you forget to take your meds?”
However, if I presented this idea in a best selling book that millions of people read – and thus I am a millionaire – then the History channel could do a show on me and bring forth “many educated believers in Jon being the embodiment of Leonardo” afer all, I am a artist, architect, poet, inventor, and space and time traveler who was part of an LSD experiment – that was conducted by hip modern aliens!
“Your nuts!” Said Bill Cornwell on the phone, he believing Heather, He, Linda, and Flip, had formed a new family that has set me out in the cold.
“Your family is dead!” Declared Heather Hanson.
Linda Comstock is not the head of anyone’s family. She has no children. Her lineage – is dead! Bill is not married to MY daughter, and thus he is not in Linda’s family tree. She is an aunt to Heather, and nothing to MY grandson.
Its time for me to make money so I too can own credibility and have folks pay to read my monstrous study that I have been giving away for free. Only when I am surrounded by adoring fans who want to attach themselves to the emobiment of Leonardo, will folks stop saying I am nuts. Let me reveal how the history channel and fellow parasites have attached themselves to a real artist, and made money.
The producers of HC know MANY Americans ALREADY believe in aliens from outerpace, and will till the day they die. Folks don’t need some fancy smancy artist to convince them litte green men are for real. They will never declare this to their kindred;
“You know, Melba. You’re right. I was out of my mind when I believed Da Vinci was hatched out of an alien egg! His painting of Leda really had me fooled.”
Employing the most famous artist of all time to prove your case is more convincing. There is no big space church where believers can go to practice their faith. I am sure non-beleving kindred call subscribers”nuts” However, if you do NOT BELIEVE ALL ALONE, then you can throw your doubter the bird, because “Many ancient astronaut theorists” believe you are really on to something. Indeed, these theorists are catering to – YOU. They are there – FOR YOU – and those who doubt – YOU! They are not there FOR THE TRUTH. The truth does not pay. Only when money is exchanged, are things true.
I must have heard “Many ancient astronaut theorists” fifteen times during this show, this mantra repeated each time they showed the image of a art historian, are some nut like Philip coppins who kicked me off his facebook. There were some real art historians on the show, but, they kept quiet about how they were being USED because they wer getting paid and getting their fifteen minutes of fame. And – they were not alone!
“Hey Mildred! Come listen to this nut!”
“He’s not a nut, Fred! See hes with “Many ancient astronaut theorists”
What I wondered, was whether or not Leonardo was called “nuts” when he presented his weird stuff, because he is all alone, as most genius are, and were. Why didn’t his aliens buddies tell their protegé to make plenty of money so he would not be doubted, so MANY people would believe, or, highly suspect brilliant aliens were employing Da Vinci, using him as their puppet on a string. Surely aliens have mastered the Art of Making and managing a shot load of money, because, their spacecraft must cost a pretty penny. Unless, these aliens are Communists and believe conquest of the universe is an ultruistic enterprise, verses a opportunity to make a shitload of money exploiting creatures that are vastly inferior to you, something, Leonardo failed to do. Was he really stupid? Or was he the world first Communist? “Many ancient astronaut economic theorists” believe Leonardo was shown a alien banking system so he could elevate all of humankind, but, the Templars and the Priory de sion sabotaged that Alien Bank.
“It’s the economy, stupid!” Did I really say this so long ago?
The truth is, I am THE ONLY Art Historian who has discovered a real secret religious message in one of Da Vinci’s paintings – that will destroy the Christian relgion – and I will only reveal it in my book. Only when MANY PEOPLE buy my book to see what HIS secret – was – will I be believed. No longer will I be called a “nut” but a GENIUS, just like I was in the good ol days. But, I won’t be nearly as poor as I was – thanks to the hatchlings of those aliens astronauts who have learned from the mistakes of threir forfathers. How much money will I own? Write a 1 and sart adding zeros unti I tell you to stop.
Try to guess how much an alien spacecraft cost! You say you want to buy a ticket to ride on one. Sorry Charlie, you can’t afford it! And they say we earth artists are eletsits! You have no idea! However, for the price of my book, you can recieve vicarious thrills, because I did take a ancient joy ride – I think! I mean, for $18.99, what do you expect? These cold blooded aliens are really stingy, or, they would have given us the whole enchilada a long time ago, and not just a mechanical lion.
Hey! But you got me! At least I have a heart.
Born: April 15, 1452, Anchiano
Died: May 2, 1519, Clos Lucé
Buried: Château d’Amboise
Parents: Caterina da Vinci, Piero da Vinci
Leonardo da Vinci began making studies in 1504 for a painting, apparently never executed, of Leda seated on the ground with her children. In 1508 he painted a different composition of the subject, with a nude standing Leda cuddling the Swan, with the two sets of infant twins, and their huge broken egg-shells. The original of this is lost, probably deliberately destroyed, and was last recorded in the French royal Château de Fontainebleau in 1625 by Cassiano dal Pozzo. However it is known from many copies, of which the earliest are probably the Spiridon Leda, perhaps by a studio assistant and now in the Uffizi, and the one at Wilton House in England (illustrated).
Also lost, and probably deliberately destroyed, is Michelangelo’s tempera painting of the pair making love, commissioned in 1529 by Alfonso d’Este for his palazzo in Ferrara, and taken to France for the royal collection in 1532; it was at Fontainebleau in 1536. Michelangelo’s cartoon for the work—given to his assistant Antonio Mini, who used it for several copies for French patrons before his death in 1533—survived for over a century. This composition is known from many copies, including an ambitious engraving by Cornelis Bos, c. 1563; the marble sculpture by Bartolomeo Ammanati in the Bargello, Florence; two copies by the young Rubens on his Italian voyage, and the painting after Michelangelo, ca. 1530, in the National Gallery, London. The Michelangelo composition, of about 1530, shows Mannerist tendencies of elongation and twisted pose (the figura serpentinata) that were popular at the time. In addition, a sculptural group, similar to the Prado Roman group illustrated, was believed until at least the 19th century to be by Michelangelo.
The last very famous Renaissance painting of the subject is Correggio’s elaborate composition of c. 1530 (Berlin); this too was damaged whilst in the collection of Philippe II, Duke of Orléans, the Regent of France in the minority of Louis XV. His son Louis, though a great lover of painting, had periodic crises of conscience about his way of life, in one of which he attacked the figure of Leda with a knife. The damage has been repaired, though full restoration to the original condition was not possible. Both the Leonardo and Michelangelo paintings also disappeared when in the collection of the French Royal Family, and are believed to have been destroyed by more moralistic widows or successors of their owners.
There were many other depictions in the Renaissance, including cycles of book illustrations to Ovid, but most were derivative of the compositions mentioned above. The subject remained largely confined to Italy, and sometimes France – Northern versions are rare. After something of a hiatus in the 18th and early 19th centuries (apart from a very sensuous Boucher,), Leda and the Swan became again a popular motif in the later 19th and 20th centuries, with many Symbolist and Expressionist treatments.
Leda and the Swan copy by Leda Melzi after a lost painting by Leonardo, 1508-1515, Oil on canvas, Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence, Italy.
Leda and the Swan, copy by Cesare Sesto after a lost original by Leonardo, 1515-1520, Oil on canvas, Wilton House, England.
Leonardo da Vinci (April 15, 1452 – May 2, 1519), was an Italian Renaissance polymath: painter, sculptor, architect, musician, scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer whose genius, perhaps more than that of any other figure, epitomized the Renaissance humanist ideal.
Leonardo da Vinci is widely considered to be one of the greatest painters of all time and perhaps the most diversely talented person ever to have lived.
His mind and personality seem to us superhuman, the man himself mysterious and remote.
However, that while there is much speculation about Leonardo, his vision of the world is essentially logical rather than mysterious, and that the empirical methods he employed were unusual for his time.
Leonardo da Vinci’s masterful paintings and sketches are examined in search of a possible connection to alien technology.