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 authentic piece.
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 apricot-colored shape bears a clear resemblance to the propellers used by Da Vinci in one of his sketches.
Set against the backdrop of a beautiful teal sky, it is clear that the figure is suspended in space and time. The fact that the propeller is at the bottom of the machine may serve as an inversion in the viewer expectations. It may point at a stern reminder that even the genius Da Vinci had some unsuccessful plans that never quite took off the way he intended.
"He is looking from above at his vision about the earth and the bird that never flew", G. Virtosu.
The unique fame that Leonardo enjoyed in his lifetime and that, filtered by historical criticism, has remained undimmed to the present day and rests largely on his unlimited desire for knowledge, which guided all his thinking and behaviour.