In Letters to Leonardo, my main character Matt writes to the long dead painter as a way of making sense of what’s happening in his own life. He relates events and people to Leonardo’s paintings.
…they never fooled you with their lies did they, Leo? You just have to look at your paintings to know, “There’s someone who sees right to the heart of everything.”
So, as you can see, my interest in Leonardo da Vinci probably falls under the ‘obsession’ category.
Which is why I was dismayed to hear that ‘they’ are planning to exhume his body so they can study his skull to determine whether the Mona Lisa is based on Leonardo himself or his mother.
So, what will all this really show us?
That some people will go to any lengths to ‘prove’ something.
As a writer, I can understand this quest for discovery. As a person, I cringe at the thought.