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The unknown talent of Leonardo da Vinci: story-telling September 9, 2008

Apart from being an absolutely outstanding personality, the great Leonardo da Vinici was famous for something, that got lost among his other brilliant and impressive talents like painting, science, inventing, music, etc. – namely for his very simple and wise fables, which he wrote in a similar vein to those of Aesop.

Almost five centuries after they were first penned some of Leonardo’s fables still exist and are told in the Tuscan countryside. Few people remember who was the author of these tales which were once told in the courts of France and Italy.  

Leonardo`s fables are very short, but involve complicated ideas and each one focused briefly on dangers like greed, jealousy and selfishness, or the benefits of compassion, kindness, honesty and generosity. It should be noted that fables are written, not so much for the entertainment of children, but to impart wisdom to adults.

Here is one of them:

 The Tree & the Pole

A tree which grew luxuriantly, lifting to heaven its plume of green leaves, objected to the presence of a straight, dry old pole beside it.

“Pole, you are too close to me. Can you not move further away?”

The pole pretended not to hear and made no reply.

Then the tree turned to the thorn hedge surrounding it.

“Hedge, can you not go somehwere else? You irritate me.”

The hedge pretended not to hear, and made no reply.

“Beautiful tree,” said a lizard, raising his wise little head to look up at the tree, “do you not see that the pole is holding you up straight? Do you not realise that the hedge is protecting you from bad company?”



 For other fables please go here.





8 Responses to “The unknown talent of Leonardo da Vinci: story-telling”

  1. swaps Says:

    As a child I had admired him a lot – he was the BIG one. Now I am rediscovering him.

    This is the first time I am hearing about his fables. Not surprising at all.

    There is a new book on Leonardo da Vinci:

  2. odzer Says:

    Lizards are always wise. I have a few around the house, very cute. I liked the story.

  3. amzolt Says:

    I thought I was generally knowledgeable about da Vinci…

    Thank you for this gem-like post which has expanded my knowledge-base !!!

    ~ Alex from Our Evolution

  4. axinia Says:

    yes, the great people have great surprises even for generations to come!


  5. Ramya Says:

    Ya, even I thought I had good knowledge about Da Vinci…I am surprised i never heard of his fables…Thanks Axinia..

    Its a simple short tale and as u said meant more for the adults and to cultivate the same in kids…

  6. vishesh Says:

    i never knew he wrote stories!

  7. Scietech Says:

    Leonardo da Vinci was an enlightened man. Thanks for enlightening me about his story writing, Axinia. I did not know that he wrote stories either. Is there anything that was left untouched by this man? He was a master of all trades!

  8. sandrar Says:

    Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. 🙂 Cheers! Sandra. R.

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