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Artist, researcher and inventor – Bergsträßer Anzeiger

Bensheim.The 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci's death on May 2, 2019 triggered the expected global hype. In Rome, the government of the time loved to bring the Italian grandeur to the world. The Louvre Paris recently inaugurated an exhibition scheduled for the end of February 2020. It brings together the research work carried out for decades by Leonardo. It is perhaps inspired by the death of Leonardo in 1533 in Cloux Castle, near Amboise, as a painter of King Francis I.

Rome, Paris – and what does Bensheim do? Well, the German-Italian circle of friends Bensheim – Riva del Garda with President Pina Kittel was not irritated by the splendor of European capitals. The title of the conference "Leonardo da Vinci – artist, researcher, inventor" alone indicated to those concerned that it was about the illumination of an extremely complex personality.

And for this task, the Munich art historian and lecturer in photojournalism / architecture, Richard Konstantin Blasy, has been rewarded, making it the most appropriate identity as a speaker in Bensheim. The complete parish hall of Sankt Georg confirmed that this approach was the right one.

Leonardo was once rightly described as the Italian brother of Goethe's Faust, because he was not only trying to understand the beauty and secrets of the world as an artist, but he was also doing research in all fields of natural sciences, technology and architecture, and presented his anticipated discoveries,

He studied the laws of flight, studied the currents of the air and experimented with the flow of water. His skills as an engineer result in inventions of new water pipes, equipment war (machine gun, armored car) and fortifications. As an artist, Leonardo's architectural designs anticipated the possibilities of Baroque central buildings.

Florence to Milan

Blasy therefore began his lecture with "the head of a bearded man", a drawing attributed to Leonardo as self-portrait and showing him the physiognomy of a wise thinker, before Blasy then chronologically emphasizes the individual phases of life and creativity with his images.

In 1469, the 17 year old entered the workshop of the famous painter Verracchio in Florence, with whom he created many works in collaboration, such as: B. "Baptism of Christ", but also developed in the. independence, z. For example, with "Landscape in the Valley of Arno", "Annunciation to Mary", who embodied with his sweet features Leonardo's female beauty ideal.

After his professional breakthrough in Florence, Leonardo went to Milan, where he became a painter, sculptor, architect and naturalist under the patronage of Lodovico Sforza, central figure of Milanese art: the image of the Madonna of Rock Cave ", town planning consultations, architectural studies and a series of scientific drawings marked this phase, in which the central perspective image" The Last Supper "is also found in the refectory of Santa Maria delle Grazie, considered one of his most perfect works.

After the occupation of Milan by French troops, Leonardo withdrew for the second time to Florence. Here he designed for the council room of Palazzo Vecchio the great mural of the "Battle of Anghiari". The famous "Mona Lisa" also dates from the Florentine period. Around 1506, Leonardo returned to Milan and worked intensively on anatomical, natural and technical studies, as well as architectural and technical projects.

During his stay in Rome from 1513 to 1516 on the protection of Giuilio de Medici, Leonardo conducted research in mathematics and mechanics, the planned large-scale artistic projects having been omitted. Leonardo spent the last years at Cloux Castle. His grave has been forgotten and has been razed.

As always in the freedom of expression and with great linguistic precision, Blasy has also presented on one or the other subject of Leonardo comparable works of other artists. At the end of the presentation of the image, long applause for the 83-year-old speaker – as always.

Peter J. Zeyer

© Bergsträßer Anzeiger, Tuesday, 29.10.2019