Saturday, May 6, 2017

Only the copies are completed paintings

From The Artist, the Philosopher, and the Warrior by Paul Strathern. Page 35.

Sstrathern has commented a number of times on da Vinci's notorious habit of starting painting commissions and not completing them. His interests always took him away from the final brush strokes.

I love this footnote. From the main text:
The following year Leonardo started another major painting, The Madonna of the Yarnwinder, but this too would remain unfinished.*

* The original of this work has been lost, but copies have survived. Only the copies are completed paintings.

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