I’ve seen the new Sherlock Holmes film twice now. The second time around I got to sit back and see more of the backround and sublter touches and I caught myself wondering if Sherlock Holmes was based on Leonaro Da Vinci. A genius of his day, frighteningly intellignet and capable – Did he not only inspire the character of Sherlock Holmes but of another dark Knight?
Leonardo was incredbily strong (he could bend iron bars with his bear hands) so he would have been able to look after himself during his jaunts to the darker side of town. He would go to ‘seedy’ parts of the city to draw the more unusual faces of the common man. He would also visit criminals if he wanted to paint the face of a villan.
He was facinated by all aspects of the world, people, places, the body, the flow of water. Leonardo was so fascinated by the world and things in it, that he never finished anything, passing from one thing to another, forever looking for the next thing to engrosse his mind. The man could see details so clearly he was able to draw the movement of a drop of water! Who’s to say this Brilliant mind wasn’t the Great Dectective of his day?
He used to design weapons for the Sforzas of Milan. Perhaps he kept the best designs for himself? Perhaps he build his own utility belt? and Perhaps this was the design of his first batmobile