Bifurcated Genius by F.A. Moore

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Leonardo Da Vinci’s interests were split between art, anatomical studies, and machines. One lifetime is not enough for the achievements he might have attained, for the contributions he may have made. Although his genius lives on in his influence, what might he be doing if he was alive today?

Would he be the CEO of a corporation, with government contracts (like Boeing or G.E.), or would he be a politician, or would he be an artist, heading up a school, perhaps? What do you imagine?

Digital Mixed Medium in Abstract style
Composite of my own sketches (based on Da Vinci’s self portrait and other
sketches), plus a written proposal for a bridge in Da Vinci’s own hand.
6000 × 4680 px @ 600ppi
Scanner, PS/E9, Mac
August 11, 2012


  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeover 2 years ago

    Gorgeous work of art. One of my very favorite artistic and scientific characters.

  • One of mine, too. A great muse. Thanks, Bunny.

    – F.A. Moore

  • helene ruiz
    helene ruizover 2 years ago

    fabulous~! love!!!

  • He’s a tremendous inspiration. Was fun to use him as the subject of an abstract. Thanks, Helene.

    – F.A. Moore

  • Elizabeth Bravo
    Elizabeth Bravoover 2 years ago

    This is fantastic Frannie. I love the eye….so cool….so intense. I also love the feeling of stone. Your really did a great job with all the writing….such a great piece. Love it!!

  • I didn’t notice the stone, Elizabeth; but it does sort of resemble stone, I guess. Thanks!

    – F.A. Moore

  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstoneover 2 years ago

    It’s hard for me to imagine how someone with that much going on in his head would have time to be able to interact effectively with other people… shouldn’t it be bifurcated?

  • Ha! Spell check did not save me! But you did, Mel. Lol. Thank you. Yes, it makes you wonder. But he sure got proposals out. And he had a school, although none of his students attained his greatness (little wonder).

    – F.A. Moore

  • Corri Gryting Gutzman
    Corri Gryting ...over 2 years ago

    This is genius! Such an exquisite image!
    I loved watching this come together. It was a true privilege.
    Love the idea of imagining Da Vinci transported into today’s world…..

  • Thank you very much, Corri. I didn’t put a lot of time in on this; but I enjoyed it nevertheless. He’s such an inspiration.

    – F.A. Moore

  • Richard George
    Richard Georgeover 2 years ago

    magical…, you do such special work…a fine tribute to a great human being…bravo

  • Rick, how are you! Thank you for such a kind remark and for coming by. He’s a fine one to pay tribute to.

    – F.A. Moore

  • Lucinda Walter
    Lucinda Walterover 2 years ago

    Frannie this is gorgeous! Love so much about this work, the feel, the eye, and look! Congratulations on a beautiful work!

  • Lucinda, many thanks!

    – F.A. Moore

  • terezadelpilar~ art & architecture
    terezadelpilar...over 2 years ago


  • Tereza, thank you so much!

    – F.A. Moore

  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstoneover 2 years ago

    It’s interesting you say he had a school….but from my own observations over the years those who are most classed as geniuses (sp) in their craft are usually not good teachers…because their talents lie in doing, rather than analysing what they’re doing…

  • Interesting observation, Mel. Perhaps this was the case with Leonardo, too. He did a lot of writing about art; and the person to whom his writings were entrusted, collected them in a Treatise on Painting, the whole of which was unusual, because some have gone so far as to say it treats painting as a science.

    – F.A. Moore

  • Robin Webster
    Robin Websterover 2 years ago

    Well I just spent the longest time studying your works in progress for this Frannie! Fascinating! As for this final … it is outstanding! I really love the muted tones with bits of brighter colour placed in very stratigic places! Brilliant work!

  • Robin thanks! This is probably more “graphic art” than it is abstract digital, although the concept is abstract. But it was fun to use my sketches, which study Leonardo, in this way. I appreciate your thoughtful comment.

    – F.A. Moore

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