Da Vinci’s Mirror Image Revisited!

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 “In a 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.

15 Comments Add yours

  1. judybarbera says:

    Very good and interesting to boot!

    Liked by 2 people

  2. Amy Barbera says:

    Awh I LOVE it!! Your drawing is so Awesome too! 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

    1. He was left-handed, creative and musical!


  3. maylynno says:

    Such an enigmatic and multi talented artist. Beautiful post!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Thanks … Difficult?… mysterious? … puzzling? … hard to understand?

      Dah! … That’s me! 🤪😕😜


  4. I like, but I do not see what my left hand believes.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Halbarbera says:

      Your right hemisphere brain knows little or nothing about belief

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Ahh, that makes sense.

        Liked by 1 person

  5. Sandi Staton says:

    Are you a leftie? My sister was a leftie and one of my grandchildren and two great-grandchildren are lefties. When I was in the 7th grade, a girl in my class was a leftie and wrote upsidedown for which she was scolded by the teacher every day. I wanted to punch the teacher in the nose and tell her to leave the girl alone! But, I may not be sitting here today if I had. Leonardo was an interesting fellow.

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    1. Halbarbera says:

      By training not by birth…I now write with either hand in a variety of hand positions. In fact, my left-hand writing is neater and more readable than my right.

      In the seventeenth century it was thought that the Devil baptised his followers with his left-hand and there are many references in superstitions to the “left-hand side” being associated with evil. As an example, in France it was held that witches greet Satan “avec le bras gauche” or with the left hand.

      Due to cultural and social pressures, many left-handed children were forced to write and perform other activities with their right hands. This conversion can cause multiple problems in the developing left-handed child, including learning disorders, dyslexia, stuttering and other speech disorders.

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      1. Sandi Staton says:

        Thanks! I did not know all this 😉

        Liked by 1 person

  6. Very nice piece and drawings

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Halbarbera says:


      Art is never finished, only abandoned.

      Leonardo da Vinci

      Liked by 1 person

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