On Knowledge and a Place

I’m guessing you don’t know this Tuscan town and it’s 13th Century church … but I know you know something important about it.
Vinci Church

Here’s a hint. Does this look familiar?

Vitruvian Man is a great hint.

Vitruvian Man is a great hint.

Leonardo di ser Piero (aka Leonardo da Vinci) was from Vinci, a small town located on top of a rolling hill surrounded by olive trees and grapevines not too far from Florence.

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Visiting Vinci wasn’t on our radar, but not only did my cousins suggest visiting (only about 40 minutes away) – so they took us on a Saturday. Interestingly (in August) my wife and I visited the da Vinci travelling exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center. (Fabulous) … and now to get additional reinforcement of his brilliance in his hometown. (Something we never imagined.)

The museum ticket (9 Euros) includes three different locations: two very close within the town and his birthplace (a short drive outside of town). The 22-minute hologram story at his birthplace grabbed and held my attention. Simply fabulous. In short, the man was off-the-charts brilliant … and much more than I ever realized!

Enjoy images of Vinci, which are surrounded by quotes from one of the great intellectuals ever to live.

“The knowledge of all things is possible.”

“All our knowledge has its origins in our perceptions – yet, the greatest deception men suffer is from their own perceptions. Nature is the source of all true knowledge. She has her own logic, her own laws that she never breaks, and she has no effect without causes nor invention without necessity.”
Vinci Corridor

“The acquisition of knowledge is always of use to the intellect, because it may thus drive out useless things and retain the good.”
Vinci Old and Citrus

“Experience is the mother of all Knowledge. Wisdom is the daughter of experience.”
Vinci Street

“Learning is the only thing the mind never exhausts, never fears, and never regrets.”
Vinci Home

“Knowing is not enough; we must apply.”

“Although nature commences with reason and ends in experience it is necessary for us to do the opposite, that is to commence with experience and from this to proceed to investigate the reason.”

“Principles for the Development of a Complete Mind: Study the science of art. Study the art of science. Develop your senses – especially learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else.”

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”

“The processes of science are sure,~but there are regions where we cannot follow them. Our body is subject to heaven, and heaven is subject to the spirit. I speak not against the sacred books, for they are supreme truth.”

Leonardo da Vinci … an artist, inventor, painter, sculptor, architect, mathematician, writer, explainer, philosopher engineer, scientists, and one who studied to explain botany, human anatomy, aerodynamics, optics, hydraulics, and more … yet, near the end of his life said, “I have offended God and mankind because my work didn’t reach the quality it should have.”

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37 thoughts on “On Knowledge and a Place

    • George,
      No question about it. Besides, I had no idea it was as close as it was. Because of the iffy weather that day, they thought it was best to stay close (as opposed to going to Volterra (about 1.5-2 hours away). The rain stayed away until shortly after we departed Vinci.

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  1. Lucky people!! Isn’t that part of Italy just stunning – I believe I may even have started to drool just the teeniest little bit while going through your photo display Frank. 🙂 Da Vinci was a genius – someone knowledgeable once said to me that his art is just a little part of that genius – isn’t that an incredible thought!

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    • Pauline,
      I’m sure you agree that it’s OK to drool in Tuscany … after all, there is so much to drool about … places, views, people, food, wine, and more.

      Da Vinci, An Unquestionable Genius …. doesn’t that sound like an excellent idea from a book or exhibit? Great description about his art. Thanks for sharing. Art and drawing was one of his first loves.

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  2. Nicely done, Frank. (We also saw the Leonardo traveling exhibit a few years ago.) He was way ahead of his time for sure, understanding the essence of science well before the industrial revolution. The quote about religion being partitioned from nature is especially interesting, and very wise. Society would do well to heed the message.

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    • Jim,
      Way ahead of his time for sure … and I wonder if we saw the same travelling exhibit! In terms of the religion quote, I not only intentionally used it, I knew I had to use it in conjunction with the pic of the altar of his local church. I wouldn’t be surprised if he was referencing Bacon’s two books: Scripture & Nature … but I think you would be surprised how many Christians also follow that thought today.


  3. What an enriching experience to feel the closeness of his genius by being in his hometown. I think it’s an even greater pleasure in that you were surprised by the opportunity! When still in high school my aunt gave me a beautiful little leather-bound book of Da Vinci’s drawings and writings. Loaned to a friend and never returned, I’ve often thought of it and wanted to replace it. Each quote is exceptional, but I really love “Principles for the Development of a Complete Mind.” It’s so funny to reference him as a genius and at the same time feel like that’s an understatement! Beautiful photography, Frank.

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    • Debra,
      Seems this post hit you on my levels … which makes me feel real good. His life, his accomplishments, his words, and all that in his town … simply wow! …. and yes, genius remains an understatement.


    • Cecilia,
      Italy absolutely has so much to offer. As a friend of mine says, Italy is one long museum. Regarding this post, I thought the only was to do justice to the man and the place was accompanying the pics with quotes.


    • Mouse,
      Any relief from the election is good ….. and even me, one who likes watching the news, is staying away from the news.

      Meaning …. back to this post. VInci was a delight … and honoring the man and his place through his quotes seemed to be a good combination!


  4. Absolutely one of the most interesting things I’ve had the pleasure to read lately. Thank you for this. The pictures really pulled everything together, you – like Leonardo – are an artist.

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    • Mo,
      Thanks for your praise and kindness. When I decided to do the images, I wasn’t sure of what to say … then the idea came of using quotes by Leonardo … and then I smiled and let the magic work. Nonetheless, one of the most pleasant surprises of our trip.


  5. This was a fabulous tour of Vinci, aFrank. Thank you for taking me along. I enjoyed viewing all of the architecture. The quotes are wonderful. It looks like Da Vinci might have been a perfectionist too. I say that because of his feelings at the end of his life.
    BTW … my father-in-laws family was originally from Corsica. He was born in Puerto Rico, years later, after his family migrated there during the war. They use the location of where the family is from in their names … i.e.: De La Vega … of the valley. You needed a little trivia, didn’t you???
    Happy Saturday !!!
    Isadora 😎

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