Leonardo da Vinci is regarded one of the greatest intellectuals in history, gifted in numerous fields, including engineering, anatomy, science and mathematics. And those were just his hobbies. He’s best remembered, of course, as a painter, producing such classics as the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper. But while da Vinci’s best-known artwork hangs in galleries and collections around the world, he also left behind thousands of pages of notes, sketches and drawings. Some of these creations are quite odd. Here are a few of the stranger da Vinci sketches.
5. Grotesque Head
Da Vinci had almost an obsession with drawing grotesque images of humans. You can actually purchase a framed print of this bizarre sketch from FineArtAmerica.com ($64). And just try to explain to the neighbors why you did that next time they’re over for dinner.
4. Five Characters in a Comic Scene
This seems almost like a sketch of a panel for the comic book series The Walking Dead. Judging by the prevalence of this image on the Internet today, this appears to be one of da Vinci’s best-known sketches.
3. The Copulation
We’ll avoid any snide remarks here. The writing above the sketch can be translated as, “I expose to men the origin of their first, and perhaps second, reason for existing.” That’s a profound thought. On a serious note, da Vinci produced numerous highly detailed drawings of the human anatomy. Most notably, he showed a keen insight into how the human heart functioned long before medicine had solved that mystery.
2. A Grotesque Head
Da Vinci liked to use live models for his caricature work. One has to wonder just how ugly the live model must have been to result in a caricature this bizarre.
1. Caricature of a Couple
Perhaps this sketch of a man talking with a gruesome-looking woman is a visual metaphor for what da Vinci really thought of marriage. He never married.
One More: Ill-Matched Couple
The man in this drawing is certainly no hunk, but the woman looks like a cast extra for the Jim Carrey flick the Grinch Who Stole Christmas.