Maire Martello's   Maire Martello Producer "a Tribute-Gielgud's Ages of Man"

  Leonardo's Workshop               

             

George Innes, British actor , and who by chance is also a painter , will be starring in Leonardo's Workshop as Leonardo Da Vinci.

 Playwright, Maire Martello, like Da Vinci, and author of the play, also possesses many talents; Actress, Radio Talk Show Host, Producer and Writer.

Maire announced that she has recently completed the preliminary work on her new play, "Leonardo's Workshop" and the first  reading is scheduled for May 3, 2010 at The Players, a prestigious theatrical club in New York City.

The play is centered around the workshop of Leonardo Da Vinci. Da Vinci is considered to be one of the rarest of creative geniuses not not only the 15th Century but for all time.

As a true "Renaissance Man"  his workshop is a meeting place for the eclectic throng. A wonderful mix of artists, politicians, the clergy, eager apprentices and students, servants, and a collection of wonderful  "Fellini -esque" characters passing in and out of the painter, sculptor, inventor's far seeing gaze.

"I tend to overwrite" says Maire. "So this first read-though is essential"  Understandable, when there is so much to write about Da Vinci, who is still considered to be 'a man before his time'.

"I can make needed cuts where the play drags, and discover a character who did not seem to be that important take on a new life and I can build on it.", says the energetic upbeat playwright.

"The first reading will be in front of a selection of various actors, directors, and a Producer who is a good friend and whose advice I value", continues Martello. "I am pleased to say that George Innes will be reading Leonardo da Vinci. I liked his calm, contemplative demeanor while doing his Shakespeare.  His long hair and his expressive artistic hands ... Perfect for Leo !"

A busy woman, Maire Martello produced "Tribute- Gielgud's Ages of Man"  in  2010 London and NYC , and for the 2009 Edinburgh Festival as well.

In 2008-2009 her play "The Lodger" was performed off Broadway for which she was nominated for the 2009 Mystery Writers Guild Award.

Encompassing the life and times of Leonardo is quite an undertaking. Born in 1452, Leonardo da Vinci became not only a great artist but was also a futuristic inventor, musician, botanist, engineer, architect, mathematician and a sportsman.

Mona LisaPortrait of a Muscian

The Last Supper

Although well known for his many paintings such as  The Mona Lisa  and The Last Supper, what many do not know about are his famous "Notebooks " with sketches of machines, plants, architectural designs, and many many "science fiction" type  sketches of machines which were centuries before their time.

His fascination with the scientific reason of flying birds led Da Vinci to study and sketch  designs for  a helicopter, a hand glider and a parachute.

His sketches also had plans for armoured tanks, and canons that fired mortars and machine guns. Unheard of in the late 1400s. Da Vinci had served as  a military engineer for Duke Sforza and had many opportunities to study the machines of war.

Military designsseige machineFlying plane design

Leonardo da Vinci was a thinker and a seeker of answers.  Throughout his entire life Leonardo da Vinci raised many questions for which he sought answers. His quest led him to discover that the age of a tree can be measured by counting its rings and the information was shared with his many scholarly friends.

Female Human anatomy

Building design

When Leonardo died he left behind 120 notebooks with over 7000 pages of notes and diagrams or machines and architectural plans and inventions. and theories. Unfortunately, they were so advanced they could not be built during his lifetime or for many centuries afterwards.

His notebooks were kept secret while he was alive. It is believed that Leonardo tried to stop his ideas from being copied by other inventers. Also he was in danger from the Church and others who were distrustful and suspicious of finding people who could find the answers in science . For this purpose he developed mirror writing in his diaries. He wrote from right to left and reversed every letter. See photo.

Reverse mirror writing 

Mirror Writing as discovered in Leonardo's notebooks

Writing revealed by mirror

Reading the Notebooks with a Mirror

Leonardo da Vinci Bridge Project  is a bridge built from a design in his Notebook several centuries after Da VInci died

design for bridgebridge designed from da vinci design

 

 

Leonardo's Robot  was also built centuries after Da Vinci died, Complete with rotating arms robot designed by da vinci

Leonardo da Vinci
1452 - 1519

"Iron rusts from disuse; stagnant water
loses its purity and in cold weather becomes frozen;
   even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind."

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"In truth great love springs from great knowledge of the beloved object, and if you know it but little you will be able to love it only a little or not at all"    

 Leonardo da Vinci