Everybody knows that Leonardo Da Vinci was a man ahead of his time, a true genius and nonetheless one of the greatest artists in History of Mankind. He has inspired generations of artists and continues to inspire many nowadays, including me.

Other day I was browsing through one of my classic art books and spotted something that hit me in the head. I have seen that image a few times, but only then I realized a quite interesting connection:  in one of his studies for the “Adoration of the Magi”, he had traced a very detailed 3D/perspective grid – much similar to the ones used on graphic programs nowadays!

Taking a closer look at the sketch I could see how well done and accurate it was. It was indeed so accurate that it matched perfectly the grid I have on Painter and that’s what I’m going to show you now.

Bellow you see the first print screen, showing his original sketch, where you only see the 3D grid he has drawn:

leonardo 3d grid-original

I have traced over some of his lines with in thick, transparent blue, just to highlight and help you see better his original grid – the vanishing point is marked with a yellow dot:

leonardo 3d grid

On the next image I opened the perspective grids on Painter as see them in white. Already there you see how his perspective matches perfectly the grid on the painting program!



I did yet another comparison by tracing with the black lines following the program grids. Now we can compare both highlights: the blue thick ones indicate Leonardo’s grid, while the black thin lines indicate Painter’s grids. You can see clearly how Leonardo’s lines flow perfectly parallel with those of the graphic program!


Hope you have enjoyed this little curiosity!

Check more about him on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonardo_da_Vinci