Silvano Vinceti says new research backs his long-standing theory that
Leonardo Da Vinci used both a female and male model to create the
acclaimed portrait that hangs in Paris’ Louvre museum.
Also that “
“I believe that this goes with a long-time fascination of Leonardo’s,
that is, the subject of androgyny. In other words, for Leonardo, the
perfect person was a combination of a man and a woman.“
The names of the presumed man and woman are given in the article but for crack purposes, as we’ve talked about this a bit before, let’s go with Leo’s mother Caterina (every painting could be his mother) and Zo.
Leonardo da Vinci, (born April 15, 1452, Anchiano, near Vinci, Republic of Florence [now in Italy] — died May 2, 1519, Cloux [now Clos-Lucé], France), Italian painter, draftsman, sculptor, architect, and engineer whose genius, perhaps more than that of any other figure, epitomized the Renaissance humanist ideal.
“The beginnings and ends of shadow lie between the light and darkness and may be infinitely diminished and infinitely increased. Shadow is the means by which bodies display their form. The forms of bodies could not be understood in detail but for shadow.”
“There was no DNA to test as Da Vinci’s remains were lost in the 16th
century during religious wars following his death in 1519, but the pair
painstakingly trawled through church, council and estate papers to draw
up a family tree. Da Vinci himself never had any children but had many siblings and it is their descendants who have been traced Previous attempts to trace Da Vinci’s line left out crucial documents on female relatives, the researchers said. The news of blood ties to the Italian polymath, often credited with
such inventions as the parachute and helicopter, came as a shock to
locals in the town of Vinci in Tuscany, many of whom learnt of their
connection just days before the press conference. “My mother Dina was right – she told us about documents and letters
written backwards that you could only read in the mirror,” Giovanni
Calosi, one of the descendants, told La Stampa daily, in an apparent
reference to Da Vinci’s penchant for writing in mirrored script.