Leonardo on Painting: An Anthology of Writings by Leonardo Da Vinci, with a Selection of Documents Relating to His Career as an Artist

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Yale University Press, 2001 - Art - 328 pages
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Leonardo's writings on painting--among the most remarkable from any era--were never edited by Leonardo himself into a single coherent book. In this anthology the authors have edited material not only from his so-called Treatise on Painting but also from his surviving manuscripts and from other primary sources, some of which were here translated for the first time. The resulting volume is an invaluable reference work for art historians as well as for anyone interested in the mind and methods of one of the world's greatest creative geniuses.

"Highly readable. . . . Also included are documentary sources and letters illuminating Leonardo's career; the manuscript sources for all of Leonardo's statements are fully cited in the notes. The volume is skillfully translated and is illustrated with appropriate examples of drawings and paintings by the artist."--Choice

"Certainly easier to read and . . . more convenient than previous compilations."
--Charles Hope, New York Review of Books

"A chaotic assemblage of Leonardo da Vinci's writings appeared in 1651 as Treatise on Painting. . . . [Kemp] successfully applies . . . order to the chaos."--ArtNews
 

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Yale has published these two books in conjunction with a London exhibition of Leonardo's drawings taken from the British Royal Library. Leonardo da Vinci contains brief biographical and critical ... Read full review

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showed all of his paintings with great captions!

Contents

KNOWLEDGE LEARNING AND EXPERIENCE
9
The Works of the Eye and Ear Compared
20
The Eye and Light
49
Colour and the Perspective of Colour
70
Perspective of Disappearance
85
Proportions
119
Anatomy and Motion
130
Posture Expression and Decorum
144
How Effects Should be Achieved
208
The Studio and Painters Aids
214
The Invention and Composition
220
Examples of Compositions
227
Letters from Leonardo
251
Memoranda
263
The End of Leonardos Life
275
Manuscript Sources and Notes
281

Draperies
153
Light in the Countryside
161
Water
169
Ethics for the Painter
194
Criteria and Judgements
200
Concordances
297
Glossary of Problematical Terms
311
Bibliography and Abbreviations
317
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About the author (2001)

Martin Kemp is professor of the history of art at Oxford University. His publications include Leonardo da Vinci: The Marvelous Works of Nature and Man, Behind the Picture: Art and Evidence in the Italian Renaissance, and The Science of Art: Optical Themes in Western Art from Brunelleschi to Seurat. Margaret Walker lectures on Renaissance art and reviews books for Burlington Magazine.

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