Sunday, May 25, 2014

You can be a fly on the wall in history, where do you go?

Since travelling to Italy and visiting all the hot tourist spots I have been quite taken with Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci.

Michelangelo's most famous works include his sculpture of David, the painting of the Sistine Ceiling and the Last Judgement.

David is definitely my favourite piece. I have seen him twice and could have sat watching him for hours. Soaking up the exquisite detail in this finely carved sculpture. Did you know the pupils of his eyes are shaped like hearts?

According to literature on Leonardo da Vinci, he was a painter, sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist and writer. Where did he find the time!

Da Vinci's most famous works include his paintings of the Mona Lisa and the Last Supper. His drawing of the Vitruvian Man is also regarded as a cultural icon.

His inventions included musical instruments, hydraulic pumps, reversible crank mechanisms and a steam cannon. Being enamoured with flight, he also planned several flying machines, including a flapping ornithopter and a machine with a helical rotor.  And all this, in the early 1500's.

Therefore, I think if I could be a fly on the wall in any time in history, it would be the late 1400 to early/mid 1500's in Italy to watch these two men create and create and create.  How mesmerising would it be?

If you could be a fly on the wall at any time/stage in history, when would it be?

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