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?