So what if the number is less
January 4, 2007 7:23am CST
Leonardo was both a perfectionist and a procrastinator. Perhaps this is the reason he could not paint more number of paintings.But his huge legacy of sketches and preliminary drawings are enough to make him standout among his contemporaries.His other interest in inventions may be another reason for not being prolific in painting
24 Jan 09
he probably did a little bit of alot of things here and there because his mind was coming up with alot of ideas, ideas that cannot just be translated using painting, that is why he had alot of sketches, sketching is a simple yet effective way to convey an idea and a useful way to not forget about them in the long term, incase you go off doing another idea again hehehe
9 Jan 07
I wonder... Leonardo had so many projects, and his painting is, if anything, one of his "lesser" skills. Maybe it was just time management, but I grew up with a book of his sketches, and I'd say his primary artistic skill was a technical artist with an excellent eye. Actually, one of the funniest stories I've ever heard was Michelangelo, on getting his commission from the Medicis, settling down and designing more work than he could ever do in a lifetime, then writing to his friends complaining about how much work he had. Wonder if Leonardo was the same?