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

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.…

Leonardo’s secret hiding place?

the Santa Maria del Fiore cathedral, Florence Verrocchio’s orb for the Santa Maria del Fiore The golden orb for the top of Florence’s Duomo, the Santa Maria del Fiore (Saint Mary of the Flowers), was under construction in the studio of Andrea Verrocchio when Leonardo da Vinci arrived there as…

Leonardo’s Pocket Camera

One of Leonardo’s ‘cameras’ Small ‘libricini’ (pocket sized notebooks) recorded whatever image took Leonardo’s fancy. They were tied to his belt, and captured more detail than an ‘Instamatic.’ Notations of color, size, and even the weather was important to document, as it designated the quality of light. No bigger than…

 
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