The Quote Challenge–Day 3

Where the spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art.~Leonardo da Vinci

For my final posting in the 3-day challenge, I’m quoting Leonardo da Vinci once again. The reason is simple. In this quote, I believe he expresses a fundamental message to all creative artists. It is something that I strongly agree with and in fact, it’s a conscious part of my creative work. I believe that Leonardo is saying that any creative work should be rooted in the mind as well as the heart.  I’d add that in order for a creative work to come alive, it must be tied to a deep emotion in the artist.

Da Vinci knew this. He used real people as models for his masterpiece, the Last Supper (L’Ultima Cena), housed in the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan. He also took years to complete this work–making sure that the perspective used in this masterpiece was just right, as well as the expressions of each of the apostles, which not only reveal their character, but also their future actions.

Last Supper (L’Ultima Cena), Milano, Italy. Shot with a Fuji X-T2.

We were fortunate to see Leonardo’s work in Milan during our trip to Italy. It is stunning even in its faded glory.  I wasn’t prepared for its massive size;  it fills an entire wall in the refectory.  The power of the image and the genius of the artist are breathtaking.

As a side note, the guide told us that the monks who once lived in this building wanted a separate entrance leading from the dining room, so they added one in the 1500’s.   In the image above, you can still see evidence of the arched entrance that destroyed part of the mural.

Close Up Last Supper. Shot with a Fuji X-T2.

So, this wraps up the 3-day quote challenge!  Thanks again to Restless Jo for inviting me.  In turn, I’m inviting Colline, Mike and Drake to join.  No worries if you’re busy.  You can join any time.

Now for the rules :

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Post a quote on 3 consecutive days.
  • Share why this quote appeals so much to you.
  • Nominate 3 different bloggers for each day.

Have a great day, everyone!  Thanks again for joining me!

10 replies »

  1. My daughter – who is a budding artist – would agree with this quote. What a wonderful experience to be able to see Da Vinci’s work.
    Thank you for the nomination. I will start looking for quotes to share.

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  2. Wonderful, Colline! I’m so glad you’re joining the challenge. It was wonderful seeing da Vinci’s work. It was very powerful. We are lucky to have the opportunity to see it, that’s for sure. 🙂


  3. What an incredible piece of art it must be to see up close! The details and the expressions are extraordinary. Thank you so much for taking up the challenge, Patti, and for the links, which I wasn’t aware of until today. I’m glad you invited Colline- when you’re trying to think of people to pass it on to who might have the time as well as the interest it’s hard! Drake is a star 🙂 🙂 Thanks again, and have a great week!

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  4. This was a fun series, Patti. I enjoyed how you seamlessly linked the quotes with photos, painting, and other art. You saved the best for last! I’m sorry I missed seeing this one in person when I was visiting Italy — a good reason to go back. 🙂


    • Hi, Jackie. I really think you need to go back too. 🙂 🙂 Besides da Vinci, there are at least 5 versions of cantucci (biscotti) that I discovered, so you must try every single one. And then there’s gelato…..Hope all’s well with you.


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