Is Tom Cruise a Time Traveller?


detail: lower right hand corner

This is the self-portrait of Leonardo da Vinci, age 24, from his Adoration of the Magi – 1475.

Leonardo never finished this painting. He shows himself here (on the right side of the adoration) in the classic convention of the day, inviting the viewer into his painting.

One of my favorite movies is ‘Legend’ starring a young Tom Cruise … or did the greatest engineer of the fifteenth-century invent time-travel? Leonardo Cruise? Tom da Vinci? Either way, both are great artists.

Do you think Leonardo resembles a young Tom?

Book one of my historical fantasy trilogy, Second Lisa, features Leonardo from his early childhood and apprenticeship years as a teenager, to age twenty-four when  he painted this self-portrait. I premise he was big brother to his kid sister, Lisabetta, the real Mona Lisa.

About Veronica Knox

Veronica Knox has a Fine Arts Degree from the University of Alberta, where she studied Art History, Classical Studies, and Painting. In her career as a graphic designer, illustrator, private art teacher, and ‘fine artist,’ she has also worked with the brain-injured and autistic, developing new theories of hand-to-eye-to-mind connection. Veronica lives on the west coast of Canada, supporting local animal rescue shelters, painting, writing, editing other author’s novels, and championing the conservation of tigers and elephants, and their habitats. Her artwork and visuals to support ‘Second Lisa’ may be viewed on her website -
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