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That first image is on a tripod site and won't let you remote link to it.
Originally posted by Jeremiah25
You might also want to look at the Ishtar Gate of ancient Babylon. It bears a depiction of dragons, alongside lions and bulls. What do you think the link was between Da Vinci's lions or other cats and dragons?
Originally posted by Nygdan
Isn't this like saying that because teenage girls draw pictures of flying unicorns that there are such things as flying unicorns??? I mean, is the only way that davinci could've drawn a dragon that he had one sit for portriature??
In Leonardo's day there were several hypotheses of how it was that shells and other living creatures were found in rocks on the tops of mountains. Some believed the shells to have been carried there by the Biblical Flood; others thought that these shells had grown in the rocks. Leonardo had no patience with either hypothesis, and refuted both using his careful observations. Concerning the second hypothesis, he wrote that "such an opinion cannot exist in a brain of much reason; because here are the years of their growth, numbered on their shells, and there are large and small ones to be seen which could not have grown without food, and could not have fed without motion -- and here they could not move." There was every sign that these shells had once been living organisms.
Since things are much more ancient than letters, it is no marvel if, in our day, no records exist of these seas having covered so many countries. . . But sufficient for us is the testimony of things created in the salt waters, and found again in high mountains far from the seas.
Originally posted by Gemwolf
A quick question... Those who read Da Vinci's Code (it's on my to do list): Any mention of dragons in the book? I know it's just fiction, but it's worth a thought...
Originally posted by Jeremiah25
What do you think the link was between Da Vinci's lions or other cats and dragons?
Originally posted by TheBlueSoldier
Hello! I'm a new member and have been looking at many of the forums in this cryptozoology forum. Ever since I was 5, I have been deeply interested in the paranormal. I have taken many classes regarding how to use "chi". There are three main forms of "chi", which are Art of the Third Eye (telephathic abilites), Chi-Gung (healing abilities), and Shaolin techiniques (Kung-Fu is a fighting style emphasizing chi). I have taken hundreds of classes of all three of these and I can assure you that it is real. Well, this is besides the point, I believe that Da Vinci's dragon portrait is eerily similar to the chinese dragons of paintings and art in China. I am actually chinese and have heard many myths and tails of dragons in China, some are violent and terrible, but others are peaceful and caring. Here is a comparison between Da Vinci's and a chinese Drawing:
By the way, if anybody is interested in starting a thread on Chi, I'll be happy to take part. ^^
Originally posted by ignorant_ape
davinci only left italy once IIRC - his commision to attend the king of france at Amboise
howerver he would have had oportunity to study the works of marco polo and those who traced hos path to cathay
you would have to look up a good biography to be certain - buut for my money - " da vinci studied marco polo " makes far more sense than " va vinci traveled to cathay "