“Am I the Reincarnation of Leonardo Da Vinci?”
When I asked this question in several yahoo-groups, I was reviled and banned. The Sinclair family hated my question the most. They set out to discredit me, they seeing me a usurper – of course! I showed those who hated me the Artistic Dynasty in my Family Tree, and they shrieked in rage because everyone was impressed with the title ‘Great Artist’, thus he had to have special knowledge and genes. Revealing Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor was my kin, and a Art Collector after her uncle, made them hit the Banned Button – with ferocity – because Leo would have done a portrait of Liz. Then there is my late sister’s connection to the Getty family, and the Benton-Preston genealogy etc. etc..
When I posted on Godstalk Rosemond, who was the Master of Louvain, and the Master of the Facon Art College, and who was painted out of a Bosch painting along with his best friend, Pope Adrian, they went for the nails, and looked for a dead tree to hang me in so my soul would not return to God. Will I be crucified in the Lone Cypress in Monterey that is owned by wealthy and powerful men?
Render in your mind an image of the beautiful women that have surrounded me in this lifetime, taking me down from that tree. I died for Art………….and the Queens of Avalon!
“Cypress trees will grow where now there are briers;
myrtle trees will come up in place of thorns.
This will be a sign that will last forever,
a reminder of what I, the Lord, have done.”
When I saw the mole of Belle’s neck, I called up Marilyn and asked her what became of her mole. She told me she had it removed ten years ago.
Saint Anne was a Nazarite, this is why she was named after Hannah, who took the Nazarite Vow and born Samuel, the Nazarite. Leo had an obsession for John the Baptist, a Nazarite for life. John was kin to Anne. One would think Jesus was a Nazarite. I concluded he was.
The real hippie history I posted in those hippie groups, was wiped out, as were many of my posts at yahoo-groups. This is what they say happened to ‘The Lost Truth of Mary Magdalene’. When I challenged fellow posters to find on the internet another woman who owns the name of my mother’s mother, Mary Magdalene Rosamond, real curses were sent my way. When I produce the Grail, will my distractors – go away?
This author wonders about the cup found on Fair Rosamond’s tomb
Finally, Cypress trees have been long associated with death & healing and in of itself has a fascinating history. A history that dates back to the ancient Egyptians and the Greeks. Historians have documented extensively that the Egyptians used the durable trees to build mummy cases. In Greek mythology, it was believed that the Cypress grew out of the grief of a teenager who accidentally killed a deer that belonged to Apollo. It was out of this poor boy’s sorrow that the legend of the young Cyparissus is brought to life. Through his sadness and mourning, Cyparissus’ body was transformed into the tall, strong and noble looking Cypress tree. Out of his despair, he was transformed and brought back to life with a strong presence for many generations to come. He gave up all that he was and was made something new! The Greeks where also known to use its cypress wood to create urns to store the ashes of those who died in battle. Perhaps even more interesting is the fact that Plato’s code of laws was etched into Cypress wood because it was thought to outlast brass. Ancients thought it an honor to be buried a casket of cypress wood, and the wood has been used for the construction of coffins in many countries. Cemetery owners once felt that the fragrance would help hide the scent of death, which led to the modern Turkish practice of planting a cypress tree at either end of a grave. As far as healing goes, Cypress wood emits a fragrance that Far East Asian physicians thought to have healing powers. Physicians frequently sent patients with lung disorders and difficulty breathing to the isle of Crete, where cypress trees grow.
Biblically, the Cypress tree stands tall too. In the Christian tradition, the Cypress is a symbol of death, life and resurrection, and signifies the heavens calling. With its column-like shape that reaches toward the heavens, much like a church spire, the Cypress has deep-rooted relationship with the heavenly realm and divine light. The evergreen leaves have become a symbol of resurrection and new life.
Leonardo’s painting is at once both pleasing, calm yet confusing upon closer examination. The composition of the three figures is fairly tight, with the Virgin Mary clearly interacting actively with the infant Jesus. However, upon closer examination of the positioning of the Virgin and St Anne one realizes that the Virgin Mother is sitting on St Anne’s lap. It is unclear what meaning this could have and what meaning Leonardo intended to project with that pose. There is no clear parallel in other works of art and women sitting in each other’s lap are not a clear cultural or traditional reference that the viewer can relate to. Additionally, although the exact sizes of neither the Mother Virgin nor St Anne are known, it can be easily extrapolated from the painting that St Anne is a significantly larger person than Mary. This subtle yet perceptible distortion in size was utilized by Leonardo to emphasize the mother daughter relationship between the two women despite the apparent lack of visual cues to the greater age of St Anne that would otherwise identify her as the mother. The child is holding a lamb.
Gian Giacomo Caprotti da Oreno, nicknamed Salai or Il Salaino (“The Little Unclean One” i.e., the devil), entered Leonardo’s household in 1490. After only a year, Leonardo made a list of his misdemeanours, calling him “a thief, a liar, stubborn, and a glutton”, after he had made off with money and valuables on at least five occasions and spent a fortune on clothes. Nevertheless, Leonardo treated him with great indulgence, and he remained in Leonardo’s household for the next thirty years. Salai executed a number of paintings under the name of Andrea Salai, but although Vasari claims that Leonardo “taught him a great deal about painting”, his work is generally considered to be of less artistic merit than others among Leonardo’s pupils, such as Marco d’Oggione and Boltraffio. In 1515, he painted a nude version of the Mona Lisa, known as Monna Vanna. Salai owned the Mona Lisa at the time of his death in 1525, and in his will it was assessed at 505 lire, an exceptionally high valuation for a small panel portrait.
In 1506, Leonardo took on another pupil,