Is the most famous work of art in existence. Her face is also one of the most recognizable - and is potentially worth a billion dollars. It's both a mystery and a controversy over who she really is and how she was painted.
This is a painting of Da Vinci's pupil, assistant, and lover Salino Giacomo, or "Salai." Why is the title "Mona Lisa" an anagram for "Mon Salai" ? Why does a painting of Salai combine with the painting of Mona Lisa?
Leonardo da Vinci is considered to be the greatest genius of all time. He left behind thousands of pages of notebooks that explored such subjects as light, visual perspective, painting, drawing, anatomy, war machines, flight, botany, and dozens more. This will be his main page and portal to explore the various sections within this site and links to others.
The Vitruvian Man is both Leonardo's most famous sketch and the most famous drawing in the world. It represents man's proportion and how it relates to mathematics, specifically phi, or the "golden ratio."
During Leonardo's lifetime he mingled with all types of people. From Kings and Royalty, to Peasants and Painters. To better understand his life we have to understand the cast of Characters that influenced his works and ideas.
One of the most famous and controversial paintings in the world: From the gender of the character to the left of Jesus, to the hand holding a knife without a body. What about the Holy Grail? This painting holds it's fair share of secrets and lies.
This page will be the main section about Leonardo's notebooks in general and a guide to navigating the various translations and quotes.
The Shroud of Turin
The shroud of Turin is said to be the single most studied human artifact of all time. Why? Because it supposedly is the cloth that covered Jesus during his Resurrection. If that weren't reason enough, the image embedded on the tapestry has 3 dimensional photographic properties that can't be seen without special technology. Some think this is evidence of Jesus's divinity, other's think it's a strange anomaly, others still think it's a clever hoax created by none other than Leonardo da Vinci.