Simon Griffee Visual design, photography, writing, illustration

Remembering Leonardo da Vinci 500 Years After His Death

Published 2019 May 2

A deluge drawing by Leonardo made on the end of his life.
A deluge, c.1517–18, by Leonardo da Vinci. Black chalk, pen and ink, wash. 16.2 × 20.3 cm (sheet of paper). RCIN 912380. Larger version at Wikimedia.

Taking a moment from current life flux to note that Leonardo da Vinci, a great human being, died 500 years ago on 1519 May 2nd.

His extraordinary powers of observation, his boundless curiosity, and his kindness, live on in our species’ memory.

Go get a copy of Walter Isaacson’s biography for a refreshing look at a life that taught and inspired, and continues to teach and inspire, so many, and take a moment today, and every day, to observe a tree or a leaf or a flower, a grain of sand or flowing water, a bird or a piece of paper in flight, the sun and clouds, moons and stars, the expression of a person sitting in front of you, or passing by, in light and shadow and time.

Keywords: Air Art Curiosity Curl Curve Deluge Distance Drawing Education Expression Genius Geology Human Being Humanitarian Intelligence Kindness Landscape Leonardo Da Vinci Light Love Motion Movement Nature Painting Science Shadow Swirl Time Trees Water Waves