A Page from Leonardo's Lost Notebook

In November of this year, the English language Italian news website The Local reported that during the excavation of the aristocratic Giunigi family plot in Lucca, Italy, the oldest known set of dentures was unearthed: This apparatus is believed to have been fashioned for some lucky mouth sometime between 1400-1700, when it was common practice to extract ever-useful…

Mind Your Manners

Renaissance Italy was a hotbed for fruitful thinking, and that is a major understatement. How lucky we are today to still see how Medici money, Filippo Brunelleschi and a bunch of red bricks could transform the Florentine skyline, to realise just how bright and lasting the Venetian painters could mix their pigments, to merely appreciate…

Us, Animals and Art History; Chapter 3: Da Vinci's Renaissance

Artistic expression has been present roughly since the first physically-modern men wandered the earth, and will likely never disappear from human cultural practices. Across all eras and continents, artists have used painting, sculpting and myriad other techniques to produce representations of generic daily life, broad zeitgeists and internal emotions or curiosities. Whether rendered with lifelike accuracy…

Meet Dave

Today in history, a very well-known, very handsome man made his debut on the world stage. Sure, he’s a bit advanced in years now, but his shaggy curls, square jawline and rock-hard abs are still as comely as when he was a whippersnapper.  And, ladies, he’s got big hands. I’m not referring to any of the…