Childish Gambino recently blew the world away with the release of the, ‘This Is America’, music video. Better known as Donald Glover, the actor/writer/singer/rapper, captivated global audiences with one of the most provocative pieces of visual art witnessed this decade, garnering a record breaking number of online views. Amazing as the music video is what struck me even more deeply was Donald Glover’s ability to bring this level of talent to everything he does. Could he be the modern day renaissance man so many try but fail to be? With a display of such seamless effort between each of his disciplines why is it still a taboo be, ‘a jack of all trades’?
Leonardo da Vinci is one of the most famous renaissance men to ever live. He is best known for painting the Mona Lisa and was an accomplished painter/architect/engineer/theatrical producer. Born in 1519 during the Renaissance, a French term meaning rebirth to describe a period between 1400-1600 when new thinking around the rediscovery of classical Greek philosophy became manifest in art, architecture, politics, science and literature.
Controversial rapper/producer/fashion designer Kanye West has long proclaimed himself to be a ‘renaissance man’, a phrase used to describe a person with outstanding talent and versatility in many areas. Which begs the question, does a modern day renaissance man with the brilliance of Leonardo da Vinci actually exist in our time?
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