Although Leonardo Da Vinci had no formal academic training, many historians and scholars regard him as the prime exemplar of the “Universal Genius” or “Renaissance Man”, an individual of “unquenchable curiosity” and “feverishly inventive imagination.” He is widely considered one of the most diversely talented individuals ever to have lived. He studied engineering, sculpting, painting, architecture, science, music, literature, anatomy, geology, astronomy, botany, writing, mathematics, history, and cartography.
Though the religious aspect of Leonardo’s mental universe forms the central piece of this installation, it is doubtless that most of his convictions were carried by the wings of his artistic and scientific alter egos. Hence, the uncertain looking middle piece is flanked on the left by an image that represents his artistical drive and on the right the critical scientifical facet of his personality.
For the execution of this tryptic I chose the polygonal style. This sprouts partially the fact that Leonardo was the classic example of a universal polymath and my own cryptomathically inclination to solve specific problems or as foundation of my artistic approach. It has always been my conviction that the style used to create a work of art should be determined by the subject and not vice versa. Too many artists are held prisoner by a style that they consider as their personal trademark, making it for them difficult to leave the field of their primary artistic inspiration. Polygon art, often referred to as low poly art, is one of the most iconic art styles in our modern era. With its minimalistic approach, low poly art prefers simple colors and geometric shapes over fine details and lifelike realism. I believe that Leonardo would have liked it.