V Knox

About me

author of ‘Second Lisa’ a biography of Leonardo da Vinci’s sister, Lisabetta Buti,the ‘Mona Lisa’. highlights creative autism, lost art and lost identities and the invisible female workforce in the art studios of the quattrocento.

From my website

Boy Friday

Francesco ‘Cecco’ Melzi – age 14 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 fourteen as an apprentice.…

Guilty till proven innocent

First-century plaque or well cover embedded into the wall of the church of ‘Santa Maria in Cosmedin,’ in Rome. 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…

There’s No Place Like Home!

A 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 a child is enough for me.…

 
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