It is known that Leonardo combined art and engineering in his anatomical drawings of bone and flesh of in the understanding of their mechanics. Contributing to this character as a merger of disciplines was his employment as a military industrial designer for Ludovico Sforza the Duke of Milan. However, his true connection between art and engineering was the creation of the Da Vinci Easel.
Through Leonardo’s observations of light and optics, he determined that creating perspective is the true art of painting. The ability to “show in relief that which is flat.” The goal of three-dimensional art would consume Leonardo until his ultimate mastery of it. Initially limited by his standard two-dimensional canvas, Leonardo conquered the complex problem of translating his inner three-dimensional artistic visions onto a flat two-dimensional canvas.
A Matter of Necessity
Leonardo determined that his artistic visions were real places, seen not just by the eye in his mind, but were true places with a special orientation. When this orientation is translated onto a canvas facing your body, the plane of operation must be changed to not reflect the image from the canvas in-lieu of the original artistic image emanating from his mind and body. Simply put, the inner image Leonardo saw, never seeming to align with the image he put on the canvas. This happens for a multitude of reasons, the most important being the transfer of special orientation.
When you have an Inner Artistic Vision, that vision is three dimensional, as your mind does not operate on a two-dimensional plane, all images conceived are done so in full three-dimensional space. The process of translating this three-dimensional image onto a two-dimensional canvas requires the translation of three dimensions into only two. This requires one to perform the mathematical equation of squaring the circle, bringing that which is curved, into that which is a straight line. This can only be accomplished with the aid of a mirror.
Your canvas is placed facing away from your body, now in line with the Inner Artistic Vision. A mirror is used to reflect the canvas back into your eyes. The artist now paints on the canvas, not looking at the canvas directly, but by looking at the canvas reflection in the mirror. The lower section of the Da Vinci Easel holds the painting canvas in place, which is not directly observed until the painting is complete. The canvas’s reflection in the mirror provides the artist with the guide necessary to paint a three-dimensional image on a two-dimensional canvas.
Leonardo’s Secret Weapon
Only the Da Vinci Easel was not solely used for painting, once Leonardo discovered the emotional connection with his art created by the Da Vinci Easel, Leonardo quickly began using his mirror-based easel system to dramatically increase the quality of his drawings, paintings and studies.
Clearly, the result of Leonardo's constant use of the Mirror in artistic aid is reflected in Leonardo's mirror script. Every page of notes, Leonardo ever produces was done so using the Da Vinci Easel, with the byproduct being mirror script. The only exception being when Leonardo wanted to communicate with someone via a written correspondence, he would then write in the standard script showing this was a self-imposed decision to operate in the mirror whenever he saw fit.
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