Saturday, February 21, 2009


There are three classes of people: those who see. Those who see when they are shown. Those who do not see. - Leonardo DaVinci

So, you know how people have a country that you'd love to visit... mine is Italy.
It's a total dream... not likely a reality... but a girl can dream... right?

Today, on a quest for the art of Italy, I did the next best thing? and went to a traveling Leonardo Divinci exhibit at OMSI our Science Museum.

Some quotes from the day...

"Though human ingenuity in various inventions uses different instruments for the same end it will never discover an invention more beautiful, easier, or more economical than nature's, because in her inventions nothing is wanting and nothing
is superfluous."

I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.
Who knew Yoda was quoting DaVinci?

Art is never finished, only abandoned.
He worked on the Mona Lisa for 16 years and was still not done reworking the piece when he died.

Where the spirit does not work with the hand there is no art.
Some part of me intuitively knows this... yet convicting, none the less.

The poet ranks far below the painter in the representation of visible things, and far below the musician in that of invisible things.

Things I now/know love about Leonardo DaVinci
1- he was an avid journaler; i have a book I scribble in though i doubt it will end up in a science museum

2- he was interested in so many things... a life long learner... i really admire this quality. On one of the exhibit posters was this line...
"Leonardo remained interested"
I think that would be a nice thing to be remembered for. I worry about getting set in my ways, about becoming dull or numb.

3- he thought he was clever by creating his own little language of writing things backward. that basically cracks me up or should i say... pu em skcarc yllacibas


Melinda said...

After studying art history throughout college, I, too have craved to actually see, first hand, the works of fabled artists. So, I married John. Hehe.

Jenna said...

Thanks for sharing these quotes. Definitely want to check out this exhibit now. FYI - My goal is to make it to Italy before I turn 30. If not, that is where I'm celebrating - want to come?