Da Vinci, abstract painting. Painted 2014 to 2016 by British artist, Gheorghe Virtosu,, b. 1968. Abstract art, Oil painting, 138 cm high by 150 cm wide. 54 X 59 inches. Abstract art. | da vinci art, leonardo da vinci abstract paintings, leonardo da vinci paintings, da vinci paintings, da vinci canvas art, da vinci wall art |
It is always fascinating when an accomplished artist attempts to pay tribute to another luminary from the same medium, and this is the case when we examine Virtosu’s brilliant piece. The work of the great artist and inventor is hard to encapsulate within a single frame, but Virtosu creates a stunning piece filled with life, radiance, and some fascinating homages to Da Vinci’s life.
The intended subject of this piece is an abstract version of one of Da Vinci’s flying machines, and this by itself is an interesting choice by Virtosu. The abstractionist did not rely on the “Mona Lisa” or the “Vitruvian man” in order to create a connotation to the Renaissance-era painter but instead utilized one of his lesser-known but equally powerful ideas to ignite our imagination. The bottom half of the dominant shape of the piece bears a clear resemblance to the propellers used by Da Vinci in one of his sketches. This apricot-colored form, despite being the propeller of the flying machine, is found at the bottom of the abstract shape.
Set against the backdrop of a beautiful teal sky, it is clear that the flying machine is suspended in space and time. The fact that the propeller is at the bottom of the machine serves as an inversion of our expectations, and of a stern reminder that even the genius Da Vinci had some unsuccessful plans that never quite took off the way he intended. This did not have any bearing on the resolve of the master artist but merely helped extend his imagination to new and exciting places.
He is looking from above at his vision about the earth and the bird that never flew. The unique fame that Leonardo enjoyed in his lifetime and that, filtered by historical criticism, has remained undimmed to the present day rests largely on his unlimited desire for knowledge, which guided all his thinking and behaviour.