Christian Long

Siegried Woldhek: How He Found the True Face of Leonardo

In TED Talks on April 21, 2010 at 8:49 am

Reflection by ALEX S.

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Siegried Woldhek:  How He Found the True Face of Leonardo

Leonardo Da Vinci’s face has finally been discovered after only 491 years of questioning and confusion.

Siegfried Woldhek has interestingly discovered Da Vinci’s face through analyzing all of his great works. Woldhek, who draws self-portraits himself, researched all of Da Vinci’s portraits and cancelled out all of the unworthy portraits. He narrowed it down to just 3 portraits that expressed Da Vinci at 3 different ages of his life, 33, 38, and 63. The Vetruvian Man is estimated to be Leonardo at the age of 38.

This is a great impact to the world because as students begin to learn about Leonardo Da Vinci in school they now can get a visual of what he actually looked like. Now students when they think of Da Vinci the first thing they will picture in their minds is the young 33 year old face of Leonardo. Rather than the Last Supper or some of his other famous works like the Mona Lisa. If you think about it there is some kind of a picture of every person in a history textbook. Through either a painting, mosaic, or photograph everyone has a self-photo. This find is also very interesting because I never had even realized that Da Vinci didn’t have a definite self-portrait.

Then again maybe Leonardo Da Vinci didn’t want people to think of him through a self-portrait but to only see him through his many works throughout his life. Leonardo is considered an Italian Polymath which means he was a painter, sculptor, architect, scientist, mathematician, engineer, musician, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer. His curiosity led him to do these many works.

Overall he is quite a clever person analyzed with great curiosity. This is why I wonder if he wanted people to just not just see him through his actual physical appearance, but through his intellectual genius.

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