Da Vinci Notebooks

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Profile Books, May 26, 2011 - Art - 230 pages
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A dazzling array of invention, insight and observation from perhaps the greatest genius of Western civilisation. Towering across time as the painter of the Mona Lisa, forever famous as a sculptor and an inventor, Leonardo da Vinci was one of the greatest minds of both the Italian Renaissance and Western civilisation. His celebrated notebooks display the astonishing range of his genius. Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code and recent in-depth biographies have stimulated renewed interest in Leonardo and his complex and enquiring intelligence. This brand-new selection of sketches, diagrams and writings from the notebooks is a beautiful and varied record of Leonardo's theories and observations, embracing not only art but also architecture, town planning, engineering, naval warfare, music, medicine, mathematics, science and philosophy. Complete with a short biographical essay describing Leonardo's life and achievements, this is the perfect introduction to a mysterious and endlessly fascinating genius.

 

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Contents

The genius of da Vinci
1
On his own writings
33
On painting in general
37
The perspective of disappearance
41
On the theory of colours
43
Aerial perspective
47
On the proportions and movements of the human figure
49
Moral precepts for the student of painting
59
Observations on architecture
111
Anatomy
119
Man compared with animals
131
Physiology and medicine
133
On astronomy
143
Geography
147
Notes on the natural world
155
Machines and warfare
159

Judging a picture
73
On light and shade
79
Observing
81
Gestures and character
85
The artists materials
91
Philosophy of the art of painting
93
Allegorical representations
97
Mottoes and emblems
101
Notes on sculpture
105
Number tricks
167
Philosophical maxims
169
Moral sayings
175
Polemics
185
Studies on the life and habits of animals
197
Fables
203
Jests and tales
207
Prophecies
211
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Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) was an Italian painter, sculptor, architect, musician, engineer and scientist. His many works of genius include The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa.

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