A Treatise on Painting

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Leonardo da Vinci's written observations about painting rank among the most remarkable from any era. Never edited by the author himself into a single coherent book, these writings were compiled many years after Leonardo's death into the principal repository of his practical thoughts on the techniques of drawing and painting. A Treatise on Painting begins with precise instructions on drawing the human body and then moves on to techniques of rendering motion. Other topics include perspective, composition, the ...

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Overview

Leonardo da Vinci's written observations about painting rank among the most remarkable from any era. Never edited by the author himself into a single coherent book, these writings were compiled many years after Leonardo's death into the principal repository of his practical thoughts on the techniques of drawing and painting. A Treatise on Painting begins with precise instructions on drawing the human body and then moves on to techniques of rendering motion. Other topics include perspective, composition, the expression of various emotions, creating effects of light and shadow, and color. With 48 anatomical drawings by Nicholas Poussin and geometrical and architectural designs by Leon Battista Alberti, this famous volume remains one of the world's most useful and valuable art instruction books.

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<:st>This volume reprints a combination of works originally published together in English in 1892; it is cited in After a brief preface, an 1828 publication, "The Life of Leonardo da Vinci," is presented. Following is the 1835 English edition of Da Vinci's which was originally published in 1651, and constitutes selected portions of a 13-volume collection of manuscripts. The work is essentially a collection of advice on proper painting techniques and mistakes to avoid. This edition includes appendices listing known manuscripts and major paintings of the famed artist. The illustrations of Nicolas Poussin and the geometrical designs of Alberti, first included in the 1651 Italian edition, are here retained. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486441559
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 1/26/2005
  • Series: Dover Fine Art, History of Art Series
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 1,038,638
  • Product dimensions: 5.38 (w) x 8.48 (h) x 0.53 (d)

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Translated by John Francis Rigaud, illustrated by Nicholas Poussin with a life of Leonardo and an account of his works by John William Brown
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Table of Contents

Drawing-Proportion
  Anatomy
  Motion and Equipoise of Figures
  Linear Perspective
Invention, or Composition
  Expression and Character
Light and Shadow
  Contrast and Effect
  Reflexes
Colours and Colouring
  Colours in regard to Light and Shadow
  Colours in regard to Back-grounds
  Contrast, Harmony, and Reflexes in regard to Colours
  Perspective of Colours
  Aerial Perspective
Miscellaneous Observations
  Landscape, etc.
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