July 28, 1990 |
Like an abandoned sci-fi movie prop, a stark white dome rises from the crazy quilt of farm fields and heavily wooded slopes along U.S. Route 22 here in Lehigh County. From the threshold of the futuristic studio built next to a soybean field, invited guests face the challenging stare of an 8-foot-high clay stallion model that is the embodiment of a 500-year-old dream. With his ears pricked forward, nostrils flared and lips parted as if about to protest the lengthy process of his creation, he is poised, waiting.
October 12, 1992 |
Leonardo da Vinci would have been a heck of a painter if he hadn't spent so much time designing buildings, inventing war machines, drawing maps and studying hydraulic engineering when he wasn't dabbling in music, mechanics, optics, geology and anatomy. Actually, "dabbling" makes Leonardo sound like a dilettante, which would be grossly unfair to the prototypical Renaissance Man (or Person). He stuck his fingers in all these disciplines because he wanted to know - indeed, he needed to know - how everything worked.
October 28, 1996 |
On top of the artistic masterpieces, the pioneering studies of human anatomy, and the inventions, Leonardo da Vinci did geology. In his 1508 manuscript, which went on display Saturday in New York City, he posited an idea remarkably similar to a modern environmental theory sometimes known as the Gaia hypothesis, which holds that the Earth functions like a living body. Leonardo called soil the Earth's flesh, rock strata its bones, tufa (volcanic stone) its cartilage, and water its blood.
July 4, 1999 |
Next Sunday, an Alitalia cargo plane is scheduled to leave Kennedy Airport in New York for Milan, carrying the fulfillment of a 21-year-old improbable dream - a 15-ton bronze horse that closes an incomplete chapter in the extraordinary life of Leonardo da Vinci. The massive sculpture is described as a gift from the American people - who no doubt would be surprised to learn they were involved - to the Italian city where Leonardo worked for many years. In fact, the 24-foot-tall horse, one of the largest of its kind ever made, is really a posthumous gift from Charles Dent of Fogelsville, Pa., near Allentown.
January 3, 2013 |
Leonardo and the Last Supper By Ross King Walker. 322 pp. $28 Leonardo da Vinci was a genius of delay, a master of the unfinished. Brilliant ideas swirled around him like snowflakes in a flurry and melted almost as quickly. Frustrated patrons tried in vain to get him to complete commissions, but the perfectionist wouldn't be hurried. Unfinished work seemed to be a Leonardo specialty, and as the last decade of the 15th century dawned, he had frustratingly little to show for the prodigious talent he had displayed in his youth.
November 21, 2001
It's a bridge too far, sure enough, but its reach is for ageless imagination and the willingness to take risks. What a fine walk near Oslo, Norway, it must be across the newly opened bridge based on the 16th-century design by Leonardo da Vinci. In 1502, Sultan Bajazet II commissioned the Renaissance man to design a structure to cross the Golden Horn, an inlet at the mouth of the Bosporus River in what is modern-day Turkey. Leonardo being Leonardo, he envisioned a stone bridge based on ridiculously innovative uses of art and physics.
February 6, 2011 |
The intricate designs on faded paper are the work of history's most celebrated Renaissance man, depicting flying machines, mechanical animals, artillery, and an odd musical instrument you'd never see in the Kimmel Center. Leonardo da Vinci did not actually build most of these marvels. Yet, five centuries later, a team of Italian scholars has managed to do so, taking the wooden creations to the Franklin Institute for an exhibit that opened Saturday. The Inquirer put Leonardo's work to the test, arranging for a sneak preview of the exhibit, "Leonardo da Vinci's Workshop," by two people well-qualified to evaluate it. Both are engineers at Drexel University and classically trained musicians.
July 6, 1994 |
Tab Ramos will be sidelined for a minimum of two months with a slight skull fracture and could be out of action for up to six months, a spokesman for the U.S. World Cup soccer team said yesterday. Ramos, a 27-year-old midfielder from Hillside, N.J., was injured when he was elbowed by Leonardo during Brazil's 1-0 victory on Monday at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto, Calif. Ramos was held overnight at Stanford University Medical Center and was released late yesterday. Ramos was to return the U.S. team's training base in Mission Viejo, Calif.
September 17, 2002 |
Five hundred years ago, in the winter of 1502, Leonardo da Vinci and Niccolo Machiavelli were in the employ of the powerful prince Cesare Borgia. There is no historical evidence that the great artist who painted the Mona Lisa and the brilliant political theorist who wrote The Prince ever met, but the fact that they might have was enough for David Davalos. He put them - along with Borgia and his famous poisoning sister Lucrezia - together in a play, Daedalus: A Fantasia of Leonardo da Vinci, which premieres tonight at the Arden Theatre Company.
April 4, 1999 |
Leonardo da Vinci was the very essence of the Renaissance man - painter, inventor, engineer, musician. He may have been the greatest genius of all time, whose example we can all emulate in an effort to tap our own little bit of genius. And now, to help us do the tapping, Michael J. Gelb has written How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Every Day (Delacorte Press, $24.95). The seven da Vincian principles, as abstracted from the master's teachings - and listed in Italian - by Gelb are: Curiosita, an insatiably curious approach to life; Dimostrazione, a commitment to testing knowledge through experience; Sensazione, the continual refinement of the senses, especially sight, as the means to clarify experience; Sfumato, a willingness to embrace ambiguity, paradox and uncertainty; Arte/Scienze, the development of the balance between science and art, logic and imagination ("whole-brain thinking")