France Leonardo Da Vinci & Vitruvian Man Bronze Medal
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The ultimate genius and the divine proportion, together again!
Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) is the archetype of the Renaissance Man. During his life he did it all: architect, painter, sculptor, musician, draftsman, engineer, geometer, inventor, anatomist, physiologist, and scientist. In short, he was a true genius.
Leonardo is justly famous for his realistic paintings, such as the Mona Lisa, the Madonna of the Rocks, and the Last Supper, as well as for influential drawings such as the Vitruvian Man. All of these works of art play significant roles in the novel The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown.
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Da Vinci conceived of ideas vastly ahead of his time, notably inventing the helicopter, tank, calculator, a rudimentary theory of plate tectonics, the double hull, and others too numerous to mention. Relatively few of his designs were constructed or were even feasible during his lifetime. Of his works, only a few paintings survive, together with his notebooks containing drawings, scientific diagrams and notes.
This Leonardo da Vinci medal features a reverse image of his famous and only-known self portrait on one side, with the Vitruvian Man on the other. This famous drawing, taken from the Codex Atlanticus, is accompanied by a treatise on natures perfection, and is meant to illustrate the concept of the golden mean (also known as the golden ration or divine proportion). This medal measures over 3 inches in diameter and weighs over half a pound! It even comes with a clear plastic display stand, to exhibit either side to make your guests envious!
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Leonardo da Vinci regards us from the obverse of the medal, taken from the only-know self-portrait of the genius. Appropriately enough, it is a mirror-image of the original (Leonardo wrote his famous notebooks in reverse, or mirror-image, script, so that others could not steal his ideas). His name in French and the date of his birth in Roman numerals (MCDLII, or 1452) are also indicated.
Leonardos famous drawing, the Vitruvian Man. The legend in French translates as Dont you know that our very soul reflects an intrinsic harmony?
This medal is presented in the traditional, blue Monnaie de Paris gift box. A clear plastic display stand is included.