Gioconda - Lucille Turner
A Sketch of Leonardo

A Sketch of Leonardo

Leonardo da Vinci was a major player in the evolution of human understanding.  Few men incarnated such a strong, early connection between art and science as he did, and yet Leonardo painted relatively little. Much of his time was spent on invention and discovery. And...

The Problem of Evil, Simplified

Following a lengthy report from the Vatican Theological Commission in 2006, Pope Benedict abolished the first circle of hell, known as purgatory. Unbaptised infants would no longer be trapped in limbo. More recently Pope Francis, a fine and profoundly spiritual man,...

Leonardo and The Third Eye

We take our eyes for granted. How often do we try to imagine what life would be like if we lost our sight? But one aspect of our eyesight we often overlook (sorry) is our peripheral vision. In case you’re wondering what peripheral vision is, try keeping your head...

Why all the fuss with Mona Lisa?

  Knowing who Mona Lisa was does not answer the questions that persist; if anything, it augments them. In recent years art historians have accepted that the sitter for the Mona Lisa portrait was Lisa Gherardini, the wife of a silk merchant from Florence, but...

Leonardo — The Man and The Myth

  SLXLM​​     A man of peace, a cynic or in the end, just plain desperate? When I had the lucky break of talking to Martin Kemp, Art Historian and one of the world’s leading experts on the art of Leonardo da Vinci, about the novel I was writing, his reaction...