It is Leonard da Vinci’s birthday today. Well, it would have been if he had lived to the ripe age of 564 – he was born in 1452.

Here is an article with some people’s favourite Leonardo pictures – there are certainly plenty to choose from. Β I remember a brilliant exhibition in London about 10 years ago where the two pictures of the Virgin of the Rocks had been brought together for the first time. Β Along with paintings like Lady with an Ermine, it was a breathtaking experience to be in the presence of such treasures.

So today’s Friday Quote just had to be something from the great man himself. I have enjoyed dabbling in a tiny bit of art in his honour, and must give thanks to James Julier for his bubble-drawing tutorial.

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