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Boy Friday

Meet Count Francesco Melzi, Leonardo’s most important apprentice, secretary, archivist, confidante, guardian bulldog, and the executor of his estate after a friendship of only thirteen years. Francesco, ‘Cecco,’ made his way to Leonardo’s studio in 1506 at the age of … Continue reading

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Guilty till proven innocent

The Buchi Della Verita or ‘the mouths of truth’ were ballot boxes for anonymous accusations during the time of Leonardo da Vinci. It was one such ‘ballot’ which drove the twenty-four year-old Leonardo into irrecoverable shame that surfaced from time … Continue reading

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There’s No Place Like Home!

On April 15th 1452, at the 3rd hour of the night, no less. Leonardo’s birth was so recorded by his grandfather. Now that’s precise. Where he was born is another story. Personally, standing in the landscape where Leonardo played as … Continue reading

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Leonardo’s Pocket Camera

Small ‘libricini’ (pocket sized notebooks) recorded whatever image took Leonardo’s fancy. They were tied to his belt, and captured more detail than an ‘Instamatic.’ Notations of color, size, and even the weather was important to document, as it designated the … Continue reading

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The Saddest Words in Art…

 NOW LOST… These two devastating words have inspired most of my novels. I write about missing art and the lost lives of artists and their forgotten models who, over time, have become the anonymous heroes and heroines of art. While … Continue reading

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Nothing Up Her Sleeve

Stuff happens… The lower third of this painting by Leonardo is missing. Where did it go? Was it destroyed through accident or by malicious design? What was this girl holding in her hands? I premise it was a bouquet of … Continue reading

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A Sign of the Times?

Artists were not permitted to sign their paintings in the fifteenth century. Even the subjects’ identities were disguised under a layer of flattering (or covertly unflattering) iconography. Anagrams, puns, links to family crests, and professed virtues linger under ambiguous titles … Continue reading

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