Leonardo Da Vinci was one of the greatest geniuses of all times. Leonardo was born on April 15, 1452 in Vinci, Italy. Vinci is located just outside of Florence. Leonardo's family and friends made all of their texts available to him. His father got him a position as an apprentice in a famous workshop. He was so talented that when they had him paint an angel that they had produced, he did such a good job that his master knew his pupil was better than himself. Leonardo showed his immense talent in many different disciplines such as painting , sculpting, science, inventing and in many other areas. The area we are interested in the most right now are his secret codes and messages..
Leonardo seemed to enjoy working on creating codes and hiding his notes work. One of the things he invented was a tube that could contain a secret message. The idea here was to prevent someone from opening the tube and seeing the message. Leonard wondered how he could accomplish this, and then he hit upon an idea. He created a tube that required the dialing of different letters into its attached dials. The tube contained a message written on papirus with a thin glass tube of vinegar fastened to the inside ends of the tube. If anyone tried to force open the tube, the vinegar would dissolve the message quite quickly. As you can see, Leonardo was quite clever.
Are there codes hidden in Da Vinci's art works? We know for sure that drawings and paintings have been found under some of Leonardo's paintings. is this just the frugal use of canvas or is there some hidden message there? None of the experts believe that there are codes hidden in Leonardo's work,. except for the author Dan Brown, who wrote the extremely popular fiction book, The Da Vinci Codes, and he is not an expert on Leonardo Da Vinci's art. Leonardo was a very strange person however and nothing is beyond the realm of possibility. But saying that there are codes in his work is like saying that his works are so good because he figured out how to transfer images from life to canvas and just filled in the colors. It is possible but so remote as to be almost laughable.
One of the things that Leonardo developed for rich patrons was weapons, weapons that would have to be considered quite advanced for their time. He made drawings of the first tank, a circular affair with cannons and portholes around it. Leonardo worked with cannons, rifles and pistols trying to make them more deadly, usually by adding barrels. We all know that military secrets are usually protected the most. Most of his notes were written in what is known today as mirror writing. This means that you would have to hold the writing up to a mirror to read what was written. Mirrors were not common items of the day. When he said he was reflecting on his work, he wasn't kidding.
If there are secret codes included in Da Vinci's works, why would Leonardo be interested in secret messages and codes to the point where he might include them in his work? The answer might lie in his contacts with people. It is said that one of his close friends was Tomasso Masini da Peretola a.k.a. Zoroastro who was an occultist and student of alchemy. Could occult messages be somewhere in Leonardo's work? Again I don't think so. Many of Leonardo's works have been X-rayed so if there were occult messages then they would have to be on the surface of the works somewhere and if that were true I am sure they would have been discovered by now.
As disappointing as it is, Leonardo's art works seem to be straight forward. Wouldn't it have been great if the secrets of the universe were unveiled or maybe some religious truth were found? After all Leonardo was a genius and who knows what he could have discovered?
What was Leonardo Da Vinci working on when he died? This project puzzled many people over the centuries. He had constructed a tower and was placing pieces of mirrored glass at the bottom of it. Only now do scientists realize that he was constructing a telescope. The telescope was of the type commonly called the Newtonian Reflector Telescope after Sir Isaac Newton its inventor. If Da Vinci had finished his project the telescope might have been called the Da Vincian Reflector Telescope