Anatomist, architect, botanist, city planner, chef, humorist, engineer, equestrian, inventor, geographer, geologist, military scientist, musician, painter, philosopher, and raconteur…
Leonardo da Vinci
Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci
April 15, 1452 – May 02, 1519
The Mona Lisa (La Gioconda or La Joconde, or Portrait of Lisa Gherardini, wife of Francesco del Giocondo)
Painted between 1503-1506
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Like artists and art lovers before me, I’ve been forever fascinated by the legendary creative genius of Leanardo da Vinci. I’ve always been in wonder about this great man who accomplished so much in a single lifetime. He was, and still is, my art hero. As I grew up and learned to draw and paint over the years, it was to Leonardo’s art and lessons. To this day, I am continually learning new things from this multi-dynamic genius of centuries past.
Did you know that Leonardo created 6,000-7,000 pages of content in his lifetime?… (that we know of) and probably more if you take into consideration what has been lost to time. That’s the equivalent of about 70 books of all first-hand knowledge and original thinking. And that doesn’t even include art… none of his original paintings and drawing..
Recently, I had the pleasure of enjoying a great video where interviewer Alan Seinfeld talks to photographer Claude Charlebois about his understanding of Leonardo and his DaVincian principles.
Claude also shares with us how art contributes to the expansion of our reality… along with some pretty impressive fact as well; how Leonardo opened the renaissance to reality, an understanding of how shadow defines form to create volume, and Leonardo’s Seven Principles of Genius from “How to think like Leonardo da Vinci” by Michael J. Gelb.
- Curiosità – An insatiable quest for knowledge and continuous improvement
- Dimostrazione – Learning from experience
- Sensazione – Sharpening the senses
- Sfumato – Managing ambiguity and change
- Arte/Scienza – Whole-brain thinking
- Corporalità – Body-mind fitness
- Connessione – Systems thinking
Leonardo’s principles introduce a balanced approach to thinking that uses both sides of the brain. His approach to optimizing human potential is more relevant than ever. Claude says that the most important thing that Leonardo contributed is in showing that a human being can be as extraordinary as he wants to be.
“For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return.”
— Leonardo da Vinci
Take note in the video folks… Claude suggests that The Vitruvian Man may be in fact a self-portrait of Leonardo himself.
In his video, Claude discusses several aspects of Leonardo’s multidimensional genius…
Alan Seinfeld of NewRealities.com talks to visionary photographer Claude Charlebois about his inspiration to create following the DaVincian principles that he outlines in this interview.
“Life is pretty simple: You do some stuff. Most fails. Some works. You do more of what works. If it works big, others quickly copy it. Then you do something else. The trick is to do something else.”
— Leonardo da Vinci
Check out these great books: “How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci” and “How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci Workbook” by Michael J. Gelb, “Leonardo da Vinci’s Advice to Artists” by Emery Kelen and “Leonardo da Vinci, The Complete Works” by Augusta Tosone.
Michael’s dynamic, highly-interactive program brings da Vinci’s genius to life through fascinating biographical and historical information, setting the stage for an introduction to seven principles for thinking “a la Leonardo.”
The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci painted at Santa Maria delle Grazie
- Leonardo da Vinci biography at Biography.com
- The Myth of the Golden Ratio
- Claude Charlebois, Visionary Photographer
- Tonal Visions Project
- Leonardo da Vinci at Wikipedia
- Leonardo da Vinci – The History Channel
- How To Think Like Leonardo da Vinci – Michel Gelb
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