Leonardo Da Vinci

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NOTEBOOKS OF LEONARDO DA VINCI – BY JEAN-PAUL RICHTER;

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Jean-Paul Richter (1847 – 1937) was a German art historian. Richter was born in Dresden as the son of a theologian and studied theology himself, becoming tutor to the young Alexander Frederick, Landgrave of Hesse. His appointment as tutor gave him the opportunity to travel around Europe and he became interested in Italian art. He wrote for Baedecker tourist guides and met Giovanni Morelli in 1876, who he later introduced to Bernard Berenson. He moved to London in 1877 and wrote several catalogues of art, but is chiefly remembered today for his work on the notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci. His wife Luise Marie Schwaab and their daughters Irma and Gisela M.A. Richter were also art historians.

 

LEONARDO DA VINCI STUDIES 1: LINEAR PERSPECTIVE AND THE VISUAL DIMENSIONS OF SCIENCE AND ART – BY KIM VELTMAN (1986)

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LEONARDO’S METHOD – BY KIM VELTMAN (1993)

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LEONARDO DA VINCI

Leonardo Da Vinci, arguably the central gure of the Renaissance, has long been considered by many a man of mystery. This is in spite of the fact that we have an unparalleled set of documents which illuminate his thought processes, interests, and deepest beliefs. We have access to hundreds of pages of his notes, jottings, sketches, doodles, and musings, including lists of books he read and even scraps of nancial records. All of the known Da Vinci papers as of the mid-19th century are included here in this magni cent collection. What emerges is the picture of a rationalist. For instance, Da Vinci was one of the rst to question the Biblical account of the Flood. He saw the fossils of sea creatures on the tops of mountains and concluded that these could not have been deposited in a forty day ood. He looked at river valleys and did the math; they could only have been eroded over huge horizons of time. Da Vinci put as much thought into his art as he did his science. Practically half of the writings here relate to detailed studies of the natural world which informed his work as an artist. This edition includes the complete notebooks (volume one and two). Most of what we know about Leonardo da Vinci, we know because of his notebooks. Some 6,000 sheets of notes and drawings survive, perhaps one- fth of what he actually produced. With an artist’s eye and a scientist’s curiosity, he recorded in these pages his observations on the movement of water and the formation of rocks, the nature of flight and optics, anatomy, architecture, sculpture, and painting. He jotted down fables, epigrams, and letters and developed his belief in the sublime unity of nature and man. Through his notebooks we can get an insight into Leonardo’s thoughts, and his approach to work and life.

 

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