In a world where values, traditions and identities are violated.
In a global society where everything is equal by virtue of subjectivity to the detriment of reason and objectivity, in a distorted whole, cut off from its roots in the name of fluidity and interchangeability, in an environment where the we promote stupidity and domesticity in the name of equality, in this universe, we must remember our values, our roots and our identity.
We, members of the XIIIth class of the Iliad Institute, advocate this fundamental reminder of who we are and fight those who want to erase the memory of our elders, because, as our tutelary figure said, ” [ce] what makes the nobility of a thing is its eternity” (Leonardo da Vinci, Thoughts of Leonardo da Vinci in all his works.)
Place yourself under the aegis of Leonardo da Vinci is not insipid as he embodies the European genius that some seem to forget. Leonardo is part of the trinity of Renaissance painters alongside Michelangelo and Raphael who are considered incomparable.
The Renaissance is expressed through various elements such as humanism and the return to the antique which promotes the rediscovery of perspective. It also leads to technical innovations such as Gutenberg’s printing press, but also to scientific breakthroughs such as Copernicus’ formulation of the heliocentric theory.
It is in this context that Leonardo da Vinci began his training. From his beginnings, the young Leonardo amazed his master Andrea del Verrocchio. It is said that Verrocchio never painted again after having produced The Baptism of Christ alongside his apprentice (1475, Uffizi gallery in Florence) so shocked was he at the talent of the latter in the realization of one of the angels of the paint. Indeed, talent is an innate thing, an inextricable biological reality from which Leonardo da Vinci benefited.
Nevertheless, the latter has never rested on his achievements and has always worked like a madman.
“Details make perfection, and perfection is not a detail. » Leonardo da Vinci, Notebooks. In his Florentine period (youth), he devoted himself to the study of shadow and light, to the construction of an environment, a face and a human body.
During his Milanese period, he perfected his study of movement where he developed the modern way, thereafter he attached himself to the mastery of the art of imitation of nature.
His genius is by no means limited to painting, Leonardo practiced a multitude of arts and techniques such as sculpture, drawing, architecture or engineering. He was a complete artist who renewed painting in the field of portraiture with the three-quarter position (eg La Joconde, 1503, Louvre Museum) or even the sfumato. He revolutionized the machinery of his time with notably military inventions that were too far ahead of the technical means of his time. His plans allowed the realization of the staircase of the castle of Chambord which is completely innovative with its double revolution. The influence of Leonardo da Vinci spread across Europe, especially in Italy, France and the countries of the North. His person was greatly appreciated by big names of the time such as Laurent de Médicis or François Ier.
“Iron rusts from lack of use, stagnant water loses its purity and freezes with the cold. Likewise, inaction saps the vigor of the spirit. » Leonardo da Vinci, Notebooks. Leonardo da Vinci through his works invites us to look towards two horizons.
First, the past, as a source of lessons to learn from the good and bad experiences of our ancestors. Recharging one’s batteries in the origin of our civilization that is ancient Greece has been fruitful on several occasions on the artistic level and has led to the regeneration of art, to giving it new life, as evidenced by the Renaissance, the Grand Siècle ( classicism) or even the 18th-19th centuries (neo-classical). This lesson shows us that we can find a solid base in our ancestral roots, in all areas, in order to restore momentum to our civilization.
Next, Leonardo invites us to look to the future, which is in our hands. Indeed, constantly looking to the past would be backward-looking and would only ensure immobility without the grandiose perspectives to which our genetic heritage predestines us. Thinking and preparing for the future is a task that we must take on as Leonardo did in his time. It requires making the connection between our roots and what we aspire to, namely greatness. Re-anchoring ourselves in the good, the beautiful and the true, the matrix of our civilization, gives us the guideline to follow. The rest is up to us: do we want to die out without glory or continue the work begun by our elders?
We, the class XIII of the Iliad Institute, we have, like our mentor Leonardo da Vinci, the desire to perpetuate European countries and European civilization by advocating good values, by rebuilding a people, while allowing individuals endowed with talent innate to exploit them in order to make our destiny shine.
“Any obstacle strengthens the determination. Whoever has set a goal does not change it. » Leonardo da Vinci, Notebooks.
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