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Da Vinci in a Mirror Image Darkly!

There are three classes of people: those that see, those that see when they are told, and those that do not see… Leonardo da Vinci

And may I add another special class: those bloggers that ‘like…like…like’ even though they only rarely see. And that’s sometimes even me!


Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci (15 April 1452 – 2 May 1519), more commonly  Leonardo da Vinci or simply Leonardo, was an Italian polymath of the Renaissance whose areas of interest included invention, drawing, painting, sculpting, architecture, science, music, mathematics, engineering, literature, anatomy, geology, astronomy, botany, writing, history, and cartography.

He has been variously called the father of palaeontology, ichnology, and architecture, and he is widely considered one of the greatest painters of all time. Sometimes credited with the inventions of the parachute, helicopter, and tank, he epitomised the Renaissance humanist ideal.

But what’s this about Mirror Image Darkly?

It is very well known that Leonardo was left handed. His notebooks were written right to left using mirror image script. His books were private, written for his eyes only. However, he wrote in the conventional manner, left to right, when he wished to communicate with other people.

He celebrated the fact that he defied public convention, declaring ‘I o mancino,’ I am left handed. Left-handed people were called southpaws and accused of practicing witchcraft. The Devil himself was considered to be a leftie.

You see, left–handed children were forced to write with their right hand a practice that continued to the beginning of the 20th century.

Leonardo would have been taught to write with his right hand and most likely only rebelled when he became an adult.


My apologies to Leonardo for the poor rendition of his likeness.

And what’s with all those pictures?


Only the “Shadow”’truly knows for sure!

15 thoughts on “Da Vinci in a Mirror Image Darkly!

  1. Many left-handed people I know have good handwritings, are good artists, and usually very talented.
    My 3-year old son seems to be left-handed. And I hate it when people say we should correct it. I’m like, “Correct it? What’s wrong with it?”

    Great post by the way. I didn’t know Leo was left-handed. Or maybe I forgot. Or maybe I should have paid more attention in class.😁

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    1. I was born right-handed but taught myself to write with my left hand also.
      My writing is even more stylish and readable now with my left hand.

      This forced left-right brain hemispheric synchronization thus increasing my IQ, creativity and imagination as should be evident from my posts and associated art work.

      Not only do I write with both hands equally well, but also any position within either hand between the fingers.

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    1. A follower told me his son is left-handed and people still tell him he should make him learn to write with his right hand. Why?

      I was born right-handed but taught myself to write with my left hand also. And it is more readable and stylistic.

      If you know anything about neurology and neuroplasticity you’ll understand how that increases your brain capabilities, creativity and imagination.

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  2. Dad this is AWESOME Thank you for sharing all about Leonardo da Vinci and about him being a Leftie! You know I am a leftie too! Lefties are often very creative!! 🙂

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  3. I am right-handed. Many moons ago when I was 12 my right arm was injured and ended up in a case for six weeks. I had to write at school with my left hand, managed well, my writing was as neat and tidy as the right hand.

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