Finding a Lost Da Vinci
Last night I read an interesting article about a painting called the La Bella Principessa in National Geographic magazine. Yes, I know weird right. I still get the actual paper magazine. I like holding a book or magazine in my hands, everything seems more real that way. But I digress. This painting and its mysterious story fascinated me. Supposedly, there is strong evidence that it was painted by none other than Leonardo Da Vinci. Leonardo is widely considered to be one of the greatest, if not the greatest master of painting there ever was. This reputation started during his own life time. And with a reputation like that, I would have figured everything he ever did was cataloged, indexed, and safely locked behind foot-thick glass, but apparently that isn't the case. What really struck me was the fact that experts believe the portrait is a Da Vinci, even though some disagree saying that it doesn't look like a Da Vinci.
It's true that artists develop their own style and signature look, but if Leonardo is a master, why can't her change his style and look, and still produce a masterful work of art? From what I've seen, Leonardo's work is grand, detailed, subtly stunning, and intricate. Why then does it have to be stunted? If Leonardo chose to challenge his own skill, craft a portrait with a different feel or tone, why shouldn't he? To me that kind of expression speaks to the New, a challenge that goes against the status quo and invites innovation.
Being creative requires trying something different. Doing the same old same old does not bring about change. Going against the grain, making a 180 degree turn, deliberately trying a different approach is not a bad thing and it does not mean you'll be wrong. It just means you'll probably end up with something entirely different. And sometimes, different is just as beautiful as the norm. So, try something different, it might just be a beautiful thing
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