Monday, September 27, 2010

Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo is best known as an artist, the creator of such masterpieces as the Mona Lisa, Madonna of the Rocks, and The Last Supper. Yet Leonardo was far more than a great artist: he had one of the best scientific minds of his time. He made painstaking observations and carried out research in fields ranging from architecture and civil engineering to astronomy to anatomy and zoology to geography, geology and paleontology. It may seem unusual to include Leonardo da Vinci in a list of paleontologists and evolutionary biologists. In the words of his biographer Giorgio Vasari:

The most heavenly gifts seem to be showered on certain human beings. Sometimes supernaturally, marvelously, they all congregate in one individual. . . . This was seen and acknowledged by all men in the case of Leonardo da Vinci, who had. . . an indescribable grace in every effortless act and deed. His talent was so rare that he mastered any subject to which he turned his attention. . . . He might have been a scientist if he had not been so versatile.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Artist Mimmo Rotella

Mimmo Rotella, (1918 – 2006) was an Italian artist and poet best known for his works of d├ęcollage and psychogeographics, made from torn advertising posters. Up until around 1958, Rotella’s medium choice lent itself to Dadaist collage: by reapplying posters right side or wrong side up to the canvas, the poster is worked over again (new lacerations) so as to obtain an abstract pictorial composition. 

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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Amedeo Modigliani

Amedeo Modigliani (1884 – 1920) was an Italian artist who worked mainly in France. Primarily a figurative artist, he became known for paintings and sculptures in a modern style characterized by mask-like faces and elongation of form.