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Leonardo da Vinci Sketches Showcased in San Francisco

“Life is pretty simple: You do some stuff. Most fails. Some works. You do more of what works. If it works big, others quickly copy it. Then you do something else. The trick is the doing something else,” reportedly said Leonardo da Vinci, who had many ideas that did, in fact, fail. Eleven sketches and a notebook of unfulfilled and successful ideas alike are being showcased at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco from November 15, 2008, to January 4, 2009. One of the most well known is Leonardo’s sketch of an angel for the first version of his painting Madonna of the Rocks. Also on display will the Codex on the Flight of Bird, a notebook with Leonardo’s observations on the movement of birds and his ideas for reproducing these natural movements with machines. (415.750.3600, www.famsf.org)

—Lara Loewenstein

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