Leonardo da Vinci

When we think of Leonardo da Vinci’s most notable works, it would be easy to assume the women behind the Mona Lisa or Lady with an Ermine were his muses. One may therefore be surprised to discover…
Towards the end of May 2022, a thirty-six-year-old man appeared to smear cake and icing across the lower half of the legendary Mona Lisa. Read on for more information about this attempted vandalism…
The story of the Last Supper is a pivotal one in the Bible and Christians view it as the basis for the Holy Communion rite. Leonardo da Vinci’s fresco adorns a wall of the refectory at Santa Maria…
In the Spring of 2005, an item coming up for auction in New Orleans caught the eye of Alexander Parish, an art expert, who called his friend, dealer Robert Simon. There was something about Lot 664, a…
For artistically-minded people, the ratio—or better yet, the divine proportion—might be easier to understand visually. Here are several examples of how the golden ratio can be applied to works from…
Taken in the 1820s by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce, the world’s oldest surviving photograph was captured using a technique Niépce invented called heliography, which produces one-of-a-kind images on metal…
Though he died quite young, Raphael's career included a rivalry with Michelangelo, educational encounters with Leonardo da Vinci, and a lengthy stint at the Vatican.
There is no doubt that the golden ratio runs rampant through the art of the sixteenth century and on. The most evident manifestation of the ratio lies in the composition of paintings and cutting of…