Arts Everyday Living: A High Renaissance Narcissus—A Da Vinci Connection?

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Follower of Giovanni Antonio Boltraffio, Narcissus, c. 1500, oil on walnut, National Gallery of Art, London, UK

They can romanticize us so, mirrors, and that is their secret: what a subtle torture it would be to destroy all the mirrors in the world; where then could we look for a reassurance of our identities.

Truman Capote, Other Voices, Other Rooms

Does the young man of Narcissus resemble one of Leonardo da Vinci’s subjects?  The connection, though, is indirect. For its artist is a follower of High Renaissance Italian painter Giovanni Antonio Boltraffio (1467-1516), who in turn was a pupil of the master Leonardo.  American Truman Capote (1924-1984) was not only a novelist but also a playwright and screenwriter; his most famous works are Breakfast at Tiffany’s and In Cold Blood.

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