During 1505-1510, in Florence, Leonardo da Vinci paints his Leda with the Swan, with the motif of a natural landscape untouched by a human hand, depicting Leda and her lover, the Swan, Zeus disguised, the father of the gods.
I was surprised to see the same Leda in Leonardo’s Immaculate Conception as a mystical metaphor for Mary.
Playing with our subconscious mind and using his art to awaken deep emotions, painting with contrasting colors, this genius indirectly tells us where our attraction comes from, and what is our soul connecting with, why is Light so important for us...
Leda has exaggerated curves, as antique statues of Venus had, linking with our subconscious concept of love, a perfect youthful face, with a long pointed nose and no eyebrows, no wrinkles, totally symmetrical, surrounded with gold and sparkles, the body that shines with light, pointing at her children, hatching from eggs...
If you know anything about true art or mysticism, you will know that both are synonyms for a life-long research and devotion to beauty. There is no way to make a child or a lay man “mentally” appreciate a perfect glass of wine or a tea spoon of perfect honey that is from the best organic lands, since they yet do not have training and patience necessary to comprehend the complexity behind its making. This is why there is no money in true art. It is our Kings, Governments and Churches that have in the past sponsored true art praying their fame will stay with us for eternity.
After finally finding a copy of another Leonardo Da Vinci pop up book and falling in love all over again, I... might have gone on a little pop up shopping spree. 3 of the 4 I bought arrived today and I started with this one.
It's beautiful; it's hard to tell from the cover here, but that center image is a piece of paper art, set into a shadow box, so the front cover is about an inch or so thick. The layout is so very nicely done and the writing was good - I'd even go so far as to say it's more slanted towards an older audience, rather than children.
The text focuses on Da Vinci's work outside of the art he's so justifiably famous for. Each page is devoted to warfare, architecture, flight, machines and robotics.
The pop-ups are less elaborate than some, but still gorgeous:
Highly recommended for pop up fans and the art loving inner child.