I’ve just started reading a book about Leonardo da Vinci; he was such an inspirational artist and scientist and so, so gifted. When you read snippets of a person’s life it doesn’t give you a great deal of information, so I always seize the chance to delve deeper into a biography whenever I can and this one is highly recommended. Plus he does come up a fair bit in the lives of my students and they usually seem to agree that the most fascinating fact about him is the incredible flying machine he drew all those centuries ago!
And now I’ve found today that he was left-handed! Gifted people are often left-handed, I know that, but I didn’t realise Leonardo was till just now….
And that of course takes me on a journey, as my brother is left-handed, so are two of our five children, one of our nieces and right we have three out of six grandsons who are left-handed and a couple who are still too young to write! How are those odds? Yes, it definitely seems to run in the family….!! Not sure how or why and I believe most experts don’t have all the answers!
I was also intrigued to discover that Leonardo wrote from right to left and even wrote his letters backwards (apparently to save smudging the ink). I remember watching our kids getting frustrated because their hand would cover what they had just written, so it’s a definite solution! He also drew his strokes from lower right to upper left, not the normal way //// and that’s one way to tell if a drawing has really been done by him.
I can’t wait to read on!
Day 4 Slice of Life 03/04/2018