Taxes & Leonardo

Balancing Deadlines

April 15th is most commonly known as tax day. But it wasn’t always so. According to the history books the original tax day was March 15th. In 1954 that all changed when the US government opined that its citizenry deserved an extra month to recover financially from all that holiday spending. So the date that was originally known most famously as Leonardo da Vinci’s birthday was overshadowed with a filing nightmare for the masses. So let’s take a brief left brain break to celebrate one of the most illustrious artistic souls to walk the earth – and learn a couple little known facts about the man who painted Mona Lisa and never really thought he measured up.
Leonardo – briefly.
One of the world’s greatest artists was also one of the most inventive brains in the history of civilization. Born on this day in the Tuscan hill town of Vinci in 1452 he nearly discovered the circulation of blood, devised the the first armoured vehicles, aircraft, helicopters and the submarine. He was left handed but had one great failing. He hardly ever finished anything. Though he left behind thousands of drawings and sketches, only 13 painting were ever completed. His final words were “I have offended God and mankind because my work did not reach the quality it should have.” So here’s to filing your taxes on time, or not. Perhaps it is comforting to know that even one of the greatest mind’s of our time often left work unfinished. Here’s to you Leonardo. Although our tools are very different, your vision still informs everything we do as a design and animation studio.


“Leonardo da Vinci” by Andy Warhol