Unformatted text preview: And although he was also at work on various architectural projects as well, Leonardo appears to have been bored–at least, Vasari implies that he was. According to Vasari, Leonardo had to amuse himself with pranks. He had always been given to writing riddles, but, if Vasari is to be believed, he now did things like permanently attaching bird wings to a lizard, and inflating a pig's intestine so that it filled a room. Leonardo's notebooks from this time depict several apocalyptic visions, usually associated with a deluge reminiscent of the biblical flood. They also contain are also many illustrations, as above, which combine Leonardo's artistic skills with his interest in hydraulics. It was probably at this time that Leonardo drew the above self-portrait. It shows an old man, with the long beard and haggard look we have come to associate with Leonardo. It man, with the long beard and haggard look we have come to associate with Leonardo....
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