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Leonardo da Vinci style rebus placed on cover of The Economist

Every year, the British weekly The Economist places on the cover of the first January issue an encrypted message, a forecast for the upcoming financial and political year. In 2019, the landmark issue was decorated with a riddle made in the style of drawings by Leonardo da Vinci. Analyzing the collageCollagraphy is a relatively new type of embossed printing. It was invented in the middle of the 20th century and combines environmental friendliness, ease of execution, richness of textures and plastics, and, moreover, it is well combined with other graphic manners (for example, "dry needle"). The printed matrix is ​​a collage (hence the name combining the words "collage" and "graph") and is created by sticking various materials — fabrics, plastic, sand, plants, and so on — to a wooden or cardboard base using various pastes. Read more Collage (from fr. Collage - sticking) - a method used in the visual arts and consists in creating applications from different fragments, different in color and texture. This term also denotes work done in this technique. It was first introduced by futurists and cubists, in particular, Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque, to the visual arts. They combined scraps of fabric, photographs and wallpapers on canvas. Famous collage artists include film director Sergei Paradzhanov, who combined photographs, pieces of lace, porcelain, and dried plants.
Decorator reception is often tried to diversify with painting tools: a brush with paint or a pen with ink. The creative genre is characterized by diversity and courage of ideas. A related technique is assemblage, which involves combining various objects and their parts on one surface. Photo collages are very popular today. Read more "The World in 2019" together with political and economic experts who decipher the entertaining rebus.On the cover of The Economist, the drawings, stylized “under Leonardo”, are made by the “mirror letter” used by the genius, and are read from right to left. According to one of the legends, da Vinci learned to write independently, and therefore all his life he used a special way of writing: with his left hand, from right to left, and in a mirror image.
Famous people of the modern world — Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, Mathatma Gandhi, Angelina Jolie, Walt Whitman, the greatest American poet and author of the epic cycle Leaves of Grass, as well as the 17th century artist Artemisia Gentileschi — are easily recognizable in the modern illustration-rebus.Cover of the weekly The Economist number 1−2019.

The cover of The Economist weekly № 1−2019 - mirror image.
Recall that this year marks the 500th anniversary of the artist’s death, and museums throughout Europe are competing fiercely for the work of Leonardo da Vinci. Exhibitions in Paris, London, Florence, Krakow and other cities will be timed to this date.
Leonardo da Vinci died on May 2, 1519 at the age of 67 in his house, located near the royal castle of Amboise in the Loire Valley - the artist and inventor worked for King Francis I. Here, in the castle, his body found its last refuge.

So, what do the pictures on the cover of a British magazine say? The overall style "from Leonardo" can be perceived as a reminder of the Renaissance, with its focus on new horizons that are opening to humanity. The parade of predictions opens with a drawing of one of the flying mechanisms of Leonardo and the image of the Moon - this moment is quite understandable: this is a hint of a new step in the matter of the development of the Earth satellite by humans.
Maybe we are talking about the "Chinese mission"? Probably: the automatic station Chang'e-4 with a lunar rover was launched to the moon on December 7, and on January 3, it made a successful landing in the crater Karman and became the first spacecraft to make a soft landing on the back of the moon and successfully delivered the moon rover to Yuyuta-2 ". On the web, you can already see photos of our planet and the far side of the moon sent to Earth.The central figure of the composition created by the designers is the Vitruvian man, a symbol of harmony. In his eyes - a device, perhaps, the khaki virtual reality. Above the heart of an “ideal person” is a tattoo in the form of the hashtag #MeToo, which appeared on social networks in October 2017 as a condemnation of sexual violence and harassment (this theme is also supported by the image of Artemisia Gentileschi's self-portrait - let's say about it below). Another tattoo - in the form of a graphic image of DNA - is located on the arm in which a sheet of cannabis is clamped. And if the latter is a probable reference to the legalization of marijuana, then where is the baseball? A phone with a QR code - perhaps a transition to fully digital documentation systems technology? Or is it all in general - immersing a person in the virtual world of dependencies?Drawing helicopter Leonardo da Vinci1500sThe image of the poet Walt Whitman (on the fragment to the left) next to the electric vehicle image is regarded as an allusion to the poem “Electric Body I Sing” from the cycle “Leaves of Grass”, and as a result - the further penetration of electricity as a form of energy into various branches of life. The inscription "Putin's Pipelines" next to the profile of the Russian president and the panda - the symbol of China - are separated by the image of the Horsemen of the Apocalypse. It is quite similar to possible incidents related to the supply of oil to China ... Again we look at the electric car: maybe the symbolism of the whole part of the composition - a hint that oil will soon become irrelevant on the world market? Oh, those mystics from The Economist!Forerunner (Leonardo da Vinci at the court of Lodovico Sforza) Eleonora Fortesquieu Brikdal 1920, 59.6 × 122 cmThe discrepancy between the proportions of the “ideal” human head from da Vinci’s drawings and the proportions of Donald Trump’s head has been interpreted by some analysts as a possible change of the American president already in 2019. Mount Fuji is depicted between them - will Japan really get involved in this process? And the elephant - the unofficial symbol of the US Republican Party - is depicted with tusks in the form of a kind of growing graphics. Monotype belongs to the group of flat printing techniques. Unlike other prints, which allow you to make a lot of impressions from one form, here you get only one image (hence the "mono" - "one" - in the title). Most often monotypes are used by illustrators of children's books. It is also popular with psychologists (to ascertain the inner state of a person) and teachers (for the development of imagination in children). Read more Collagraphy - a relatively new type of embossed printing. It was invented in the middle of the 20th century and combines environmental friendliness, ease of execution, richness of textures and plastics, and, moreover, it is well combined with other graphic manners (for example, "dry needle"). The printed matrix is ​​a collage (hence the name combining the words "collage" and "graph") and is created by sticking various materials — fabrics, plastic, sand, plants, and so on — to a wooden or cardboard base using various pastes. Read more In the second half of the 15th century, woodcuts began to crowd out an engraving on metal or intalo. The term is derived from the Italian intagliare, meaning "cut, incline, cut through." Unlike woodcuts, where the protruding portions of the matrix are imprinted on paper, here visible traces are left by grooves containing ink. Therefore, metal engraving belongs to the group of intaglio printing techniques. Read further, and it moves in the direction of the English Bulldog (we can also see the inscription about “Brexit”, the exit of Great Britain from the European Union). We (as analysts) do not undertake to explain this dizzying moment in the complex. Perhaps Putin and Trump are the two poles of the forces between which China will find itself, judging by the panda’s face, will be unhappy with the position it will occupy. The Economist was founded in 1843 by James Wilson, the hatter from the small Scottish town of Howick, for that to organize a campaign against protectionist laws on corn. Tariffs were abolished in 1846, and the publication continued as a “political, literary and general newspaper,” never giving up its belief in free trade, internationalism and minimal government intervention in the market.
Some publications interpret the cover of The Economist as a “message of the Rothschilds” - an influential clan of financiers, who allegedly owns a magazine. In fact, this is also a marketing ploy — already on the part of experts and heading artists: according to the statute of The Economist Newspaper Limited, no individual or company can own or control more than 50% of the total share capital. Four different types of shares also exclude the Economist from one owner. Special shares "A" belong to individual shareholders, including the Rothschild family.The presence of actress Angelina Jolie Pitt and the inscription "Mona Angelina", and next to the dinosaur fossil ... Obvious parallels with the activities of this outstanding woman who received the UN Humanitarian Award, and raising six children (three adopted). To this may be added another political plane, according to a fresh interview with the actress. But Brontosaurus - apparently, not about that. Rather, the fact that such active idealists are, alas, an endangered species.
But the image of the Italian artist Artemisia Gentileschi, next to which are drawn ballot boxes - a clear demonstration of the obvious trend. Yes: #MeToo. Along with this, more and more women occupy high positions in all large organizations and corporations, become museum directors.Self-portrait in the image of St. CatherineArthemisia Gentileschi1615, 71 × 71 cm “Beautiful and talented Artemisia became a student of Agostino Tassi, who had“ outs ”on Shipione Borghese and even Pope Paul V. Her teacher raped her. There was a trial. The trial lasted 7 months. Artemisia was subjected to humiliation, such as a gynecological examination and even physical torture: the then justice took the evidence given under torture as the indisputable truth. Many feminists who uphold women's equality are sure: it was Artemisia who won the court by punishing the rapist (Agostino got a year in prison, they will never see Artemisia again) ... ”- from the artist’s biography. But back to the cover“ under Leonardo ”. By QR-code you can get to the article about the artist, published in the publication. If you recall Leonardo da Vinci's game of riddles and clues that he made at court for the high-class public, then the whole prediction of The Economist can be safely attributed to the kind of intellectual fun to which people were avid and in the days of Lodovico Moreau, and now. read us in Telegram and look in Instagram: Title illustration: cover of The Economist weekly (fragment), № 1−2019. The illustrations are fragments of the cover of The Economist © № 1−2019, as well as the cover of the publication of previous years.