Leonardo's Notebooks

Leonardo s Notebooks An all new jewel like reader friendly format gives new life to this relaunch of an international best seller Leonardo da Vinci artist inventor and prototypical Renaissance man is a perennial sourc

  • Title: Leonardo's Notebooks
  • Author: Leonardo da Vinci Jean Paul Friedrich Richter
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  • Page: 399
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  • An all new, jewel like, reader friendly format gives new life to this relaunch of an international best seller.Leonardo da Vinci artist, inventor, and prototypical Renaissance man is a perennial source of fascination because of his astonishing intellect and boundless curiosity about the natural and man made world During his life he created numerous works of art and kept vAn all new, jewel like, reader friendly format gives new life to this relaunch of an international best seller.Leonardo da Vinci artist, inventor, and prototypical Renaissance man is a perennial source of fascination because of his astonishing intellect and boundless curiosity about the natural and man made world During his life he created numerous works of art and kept voluminous notebooks that detailed his artistic and intellectual pursuits.The collection of writings and art in this magnificent book are drawn from his notebooks The book organizes his wide range of interests into subjects such as human figures, light and shade, perspective and visual perception, anatomy, botany and landscape, geography, the physical sciences and astronomy, architecture, sculpture, and inventions Nearly every piece of writing throughout the book is keyed to the piece of artwork it describes.The writing and art is selected by art historian H Anna Suh, who provides fascinating commentary and insight into the material, making Leonardo s Notebooks an exquisite single volume compendium celebrating his enduring genius.

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    1. Leonardo da Vinci Jean Paul Friedrich Richter

      It was on April 15, 1452, that Leonardo was born in the town of Vinci, Republic of Florence, in what is now in Italy, the illegitimate son of a notary and a barmaid It is from his birthplace that he is known as Leonardo da Vinci Leonardo seemed to master every subject to which he turned his attention he was a painter, draftsman, sculptor, architect, and engineer, wrote poetry and stories the prototype Renaissance man His Last Supper 1495 97 and Mona Lisa La Gioconda, 1503 06 are among the most popular paintings from the Renaissance He and his rival Michelangelo did great service to the medical arts by accurate paintings of dissections, which were only occasionally allowed by the Church Yet, his artistry appeared to be an afterthought, as he frequently left his works unfinished, and only about fifteen of his paintings survive His notebooks reveal that he was centuries ahead of his time in mechanics and physic, fortifications, bridges, weapons, and river diversions to flood the enemy, which aided Italian city states in their many wars.Leonardo was an early evolutionist regarding fossils Through his careful observations he noted that if the shells had been carried by the muddy deluge they would have been mixed up, and separated from each other amidst the mud, and not in regular steps and layers as we see them now in our time Leonardo reasoned that what is now dry land, where these aquatic fossils were found, must once have been covered by seawater.He was for a short time accused of homosexuality there is no evidence Leonardo had any sexual interest in women As he wrote in his notebooks, The act of procreation and anything that has any relation to it is so disgusting that human beings would soon die out if there were no pretty faces and sensuous dispositions And what of his religion It is significant that at the end of his life he felt he had much spiritual negligence to atone for His first biographer, Giorgio Vasari, wrote in 1550 Finally,feeling himself near to death, he asked to have himself diligently informed of the teaching of the Catholic faith, and of the good way and holy Christian religion and then, with many moans, he confessed and was penitent and was pleased to take devoutly the most holy Sacrament, out of his bed The King, who was wont often and lovingly to visit him, then came into the room wherefore he, out of reverence showed withal how much he had offended God and mankind in not having worked at his art as he should have done There was much skepticism in Renaissance Italy at the time, and Leonardo was an intellectual genius, not just an artistic genius While there was great intellectual freedom during the Italian Renaissance, there were limits as long as the Dominicans, the Hounds of the Lord, were active This semblance of a deathbed conversion, by so critical a thinker and so great a genius as Leonardo, who would have nothing to lose by professing piety all his life, can only mean that during his prime years he was a secret freethinker.Leonardo died quietly on the 2 of May, 1519, a few weeks following his 67th birthday.

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    1. Da Vinci was very specific.On depicting a battle The air must be full of arrows in every direction There follows several pages of instructions, including bits like, There must not be a level spot that is not trampled with gore p 26 28 And his bits on anatomy are famous enough without me The distance between the corner of your eye and your ear is the same as the height of your ear Now you know.But then, on the less specific side, there s this Of grotesque faces I need say nothing, because they a [...]


    2. The mind of a painter must resemble a mirror, which always takes the color of the object it reflects and is completely occupied by the images of as many objects are in front of it.I picked up this book on a whim, and read it for the same reason My edition is an attractively bound selection of Leonardo s most interesting notes and drawings, arranged to give the reader an appreciation of the breadth of this quintessential Renaissance man s interests, and the great scope of his imagination I must a [...]


    3. Yes, I just added a homeschool shelf Why Because I am supplementing a bit Even private schools don t cut the mustard at this point I have highly creative children one of which is a constant stream of inventions He spews out ideas with dry erase markers to windows, takes garbage from the recycling bin as if it is a golden treasure He even CRIES because he thinks I am wasting a precious gem by recycling a cardboard box or an egg crate Because mom can t you SEE that THIS is CLEARLY an AIRPLANE Well [...]


    4. G rsel zenginli i ok derin olan keyifli bir kitap Leonardo Da Vinci nin el yaz s na bakabilmek beni her zaman mutlu etmi tir izimle, resimle ilgileniyorsan z ok e itici bilgiler bulabilirsiniz zellikle son k s mdaki aforizmalar okurken ok e lendim Tavsiye ederim


    5. Let no man who is not a Mathematician read the elements of my work a live testimony that analytical and creative abilities are not as simply polarised as the left right brain theory.


    6. Whenever I see the grammar police rear their ugly head, I ll remember LDV wrote backwards in an indecipherable scrawl and with an akward form of shorthand.


    7. No you don t get it Those are the notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci The ones he carried around all the time They contain his thoughts on painting, sculpturing, anatomy, architecture, philosophy, and many intriguing subjects They also showcase some of his scribbles and initial designs for inventions and paintings of people and scenery.Reading the notebooks gives you the privilege of diving into the mind of the Grand Designer I never thought I d be lucky to experience this.Absolutely a favorite.


    8. Holy gods Read this READ IT Da Vinci was a bloody genius.Given that Leonardo never had much of a formal education, and that his intelligence was borne out of observation and imagination, what this book contains is truly astonishing It blurs what modernity would consider the lines between the arts and the sciences, but I don t think that matters What really matters is the hard evidence that a self taught scientist figured out things that were taught to me in my science lessons at school I ll give [...]


    9. The notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci a new selection by Pamela Taylor New York New American Library , 1960 1339 253 16 128 129 239 240 1452 1519


    10. Such a look at the way da Vinci thought Usually, we see his visual works This book translates and organizes his written journals to provide us a look at his thoughts on art and the world around him Very enjoyable to browse, though not necessarily a work to be read straight through.


    11. Force arises from dearth or abundance it is the child of physical motion, and the grandchild of spiritual motion, and the mother and origin of gravity 186 Science is the observation of things possible, whether present or past Prescience is the knowledge of things which may come to pass, though but slowly 252 Wisdom is the daughter of experience 288 Just as eating contrary to the inclination is injurious to the health, so study without desire spoils the memory, and it retains nothing that it take [...]


    12. Most of the original text and sketches have of course been lost either by time or by Leonardo s own design he deliberately corrupted his own texts to keep his competitors from stealing his works It is a true shame that this knowledge is lost.Any free kindle edition is easily worth 4 stars It is a rare treat to see Leonardo s mind at work He was one of the most gifted intellects ever created and just watching how he pieced the workings of life and the known universe together is worth the time and [...]


    13. One of the defining periods of my life was when I read Leonardo s notebooks His awareness, curiosity, and maddening drive towards perfection of his understanding of reality is beautiful You really get a grasp of his personality from the notebooks He suffered greatly from the thought that he d die before I got it all figured out.



    14. touching the big papers is really exciting He has a big brain so he has lots o thing about everything amazing.


    15. Short punchy excerpts that provide insight into a genius making his way in the world over 500 years ago.


    16. Review I never knew who da Vinci was It was only after watching the movie, The Da Vinci Code, I came to understand that Leonardo da Vinci was a person who creates puzzles for his time pass He also drew few paintings like Mona Lisa and The Last Supper during that time, I didn t even know what was the significance of the painting.Slowly, there after I came to learn Leonardo was no puzzler person who creates puzzles , but an artist It is only after I read this book, I came to understand the reason [...]


    17. On occasion I do as I am doing now which was choosing a book or a source close to the one I have read So that I might have some reference to the work that has interested me I read this work in two forms a little red book at my community college the other being on the project gutenberg website I think it s one of the best website ever created it serves the commons and I hope the commons serves it Right now their is a war over the domain of information and this is a concern, because their are so m [...]


    18. Editor H Anna Suh has provided a wonderful glimpse of a genius one of history s greatest artists, Leonardo da Vinci, through the medium of reproductions from his notebooks Despite some drawbacks, I felt as though I were sitting with a venerable old expert who was personally sharing in snippets the fruit of a long life of observation practical experience For one who had no formal schooling book learning as so many of his colleagues had, the warmth accuracy of his genius, not just as an artist but [...]


    19. If you ever wondered what the GREAT Leonardo thought, then this is the book to get In here are the words written by Leonardo of his philisophical ideas, lives of where he lived and his surroundings, his theories on color, perspective, proportion, architecture, foliage, physiology and so many other things that the Great One was curious about.One weakness though, the pictures were randomly arranged, sometimes I wondered why some were even there because it has no connection to the article on the pa [...]


    20. If you ever wondered what the GREAT Leonardo thought, then this is the book to get In here are the words written by Leonardo of his philosophical ideas, lives of where he lived and his surroundings, his theories on color, perspective, proportion, architecture, foliage, physiology and so many other things that the Great One was curious about Any free kindle edition is easily worth 4 stars It is a rare treat to see Leonardo s mind at work He was one of the most gifted intellects ever created and j [...]


    21. I will add on this later if I have time Found the most complete collection published in the 1970s in a used bookstore in 2 volumes This current edition might be unabridged I did not check The sections on art and painting are exquisite and the moral tales, as well I did not read it cover to cover but scanned and read what seemed to be of interest to me I use it as reference and source material.


    22. A fine read for those interested in the great de Vinci His penmanship is second to none and the drawings are true works of art.The range of subjects covered by this book are fascinating from a historical and cultural point of view.This makes an excellent coffee table book and I would quite happily hang many of the drawings on my walls.


    23. Resumen de todos los libros y anotaciones del polifac tico genio renacentista, que trata un mont n de temas pintura, escultura, arquitectura, urbanismo, f bulas, m ximas, f sica, anatom a Sorprende leer la claridad de ideas que ten a este se or all por el s XV Es incre ble Muchos de los temas est n recortados en exceso, pero es el precio que hay que pagar por una edici n barata.


    24. Wow, this was an awesome collection of notes Makes one appreciate Da Vinci s genius He had a lot of interesting insights not only on art but also in war and politics, human and animal behaviour as well as some fascinating and humorous anecdotes His mind was simply amazing, his grasp on almost everything makes it seem he can almost predict the future Totally worth reading.


    25. Five stars for the illustrations and the genius of the author I didn t understand all of the text a lot of it is technical instructions for painting, sculpture, and various inventions, but I understood enough to appreciate the the mind of Leonardo da Vinci was extraordinary.


    26. This one volume selection from Leonardo s notebooks encompasses every aspect of his interests in painting, architecture, engineering, optics, anatomy and much It includes fables and epigrams and an outline of his life told through his writings.The new Introduction, and Preface by Leonardo expert Martin Kemp, explore the artist s genius and the contents and legacy of his manuscripts.The selection is helpfully organized into seven themed sections, and editorial comentary puts the material in cont [...]


    27. It is truly fascinating to get an insight into da Vinci s mind He combined art, science, mathematics, and philosophy together beautifully.



    28. Un libro que tarde un a o y un par de meses en terminar El motivo por el que quise leerlo fue para poder tratar a trav s de estas p ginas adentrarme en la mente de Leonardo Da Vinci, quien de or genes humildes en la poca medieval logr tener un amplio conocimiento de tantos campos de la vidaEl libro est dividido en 4 secciones Arte 2 estrellas porque en verdad no me llam casi nada la atenci n y fue la parte m s larga _ Tal vez alguien que hubiese estudiado arte, pinturas o algo relacionado lo hub [...]


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