Leonardo's allegory of pleasure and pain

Leonardo's allegory of pleasure and pain
Leonardo's allegory of pleasure and pain
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The work bequeathed by Leonardo da Vinci is enormous and of all kinds. And in many cases, everything is surrounded by his aura of ingenuity and by touches of mystery that have given rise to all kinds of speculation over the centuries. His great works such as La Gioconda are surrounded by enigmas, but his personal biography is also an inexhaustible field for all kinds of theories. And in this sense, the notebooks with his drawings are the ideal tool both for rigorous research of his life and work, as well as the source of inspiration for the most attractive and sometimes incredible fantasies.

Leonardo's Allegory of Pleasure and Pain

Leonardo's Allegory of Pleasure and Pain

And of course one of the fertile grounds for rumors is his sexual condition, something that was already happening in his time. In fact, the only concrete information that has reached us on the subject is an accusation that he had in the year 1476, when he lived and worked with Andrea Verrocchio as an apprentice, in which someone Anonymous denounced him for sexual deviance. Although nothing was proven and after a trial he came out innocent due to lack of evidence

Do not forget that for a few years, Florence was a very repressed city under the influence of the monk Girolamo Savonarola, who for a few years attacked sexual customs and the love of the luxury and the good life that existed in the capital of Tuscany.

However, despite coming out innocent, the gossip did not stop, and it was always said that he was not known to have a passion for any woman. However, he is also not known towards men.

Analyzing his works, it is possible to deduce his homosexuality, although there are also those who think that he was totally chaste all his life, given the type of feminoid and androgynous models that he used to use. And it is also true that he always hired beautiful young people for his service, and even bequeathed something to some of them in his will.

Among those young men he hired there was one, Gian Giacomo de Caprotti who entered his service at the age of 10, when Leonardo was 38. But this boy grew up with him and became stayed by his side for 26 years. In some of his writings daVincidescribed him as a “glutton, thief, hypocrite and liar”. What a description for such a long-lasting relationship, of which there is no evidence that it was of a sexual or loving nature.

The fact is that this character is also called Salai in other texts, and in the drawing we see here, with a two-headed human figure, one of the portraits, the younger, is the head of Salai. Perhaps as an image of the contradictory feelings that this character provoked in the artist.

These two heads on the other hand show us the two types of models used repeatedly by the artist, on the one hand the fierce type and on the other the young epicene.

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