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The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci

The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci

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by Leonardo da Vinci, Leonardo De Vinci, Leonardo Da Vinci
     
 

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Scientist, painter, mechanical engineer, sculptor, thinker, city planner, storyteller, musician, architect — Leonardo da Vinci, builder of the first flying machine, was one of the great universal geniuses of Western civilization. His voluminous notebooks, the great storehouse of his theories and discoveries, are presented here in 1566 extracts that reveal the

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Scientist, painter, mechanical engineer, sculptor, thinker, city planner, storyteller, musician, architect — Leonardo da Vinci, builder of the first flying machine, was one of the great universal geniuses of Western civilization. His voluminous notebooks, the great storehouse of his theories and discoveries, are presented here in 1566 extracts that reveal the full range of Leonardo's versatile interest: all the important writings on painting, sculpture, architecture, anatomy, astronomy, geography, topography, and other fields are included, in both Italian and English, with 186 plates of manuscript pages and many other drawings reproduced in facsimile size.
The first volume, which contains all of Leonardo's writings on aspects of painting, includes discussions of such basic scientific areas as the structure of the eye and vision, perspective, the science of light and shade, the perspective of disappearance, theory of color, perspective of color, proportions and movements of the human figure, botany for painters, and the elements of landscape painting. A section on the practice of painting includes moral precepts for painters and writings on composition, materials, and the philosophy of art. The second volume contains writings on sculpture, architecture (plans for towns, streets, and canals, churches, palaces, castles, and villas, theoretical writings on arches, domes, fissures, etc.), zoology, physiology (including his amazingly accurate theories of blood circulation), medicine, astronomy, geography (including has famous writings and drawings on the movement of water), topography (observations in Italy, France, and other areas), naval warfare, swimming, theory of flying machines, mining, music, and other topics.
A selection of philosophical maxims, morals, polemics, fables, jests, studies in the lives and habits of animals, tales, and prophecies display Leonardo's abilities as a writer and scholar. The second volume also contains some letters, personal records, inventories, and accounts, and concludes with Leonardo's will. The drawings include sketches and studies for some of Leonardo's greatest works of art — The Last Supper, the lost Battle of Anghiari, The Virgin of the Rocks, and the destroyed Sforza monument.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780486225722
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Publication date:
06/01/1970
Series:
Dover Fine Art, History of Art Series
Pages:
396
Sales rank:
749,073
Product dimensions:
7.86(w) x 10.74(h) x 0.92(d)

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One of the great geniuses of Western civilization, Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519) is the true Renaissance man. In addition to his abundant artistic skills, he was a visionary scientist and mechanical engineer who theorized the development of flying machines and solar power.

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The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Mr_Erich_Davis More than 1 year ago
When I bought this, I really wanted something with pictures. But despite the description saying there were none. I wanted to see sketches of concept inventions, but instead I got just an ordinary book. I'll read it, but I am not happy with the purchase.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Lenardo !!!! Ive wanted to be like him ever sience i was very little!!(;
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an awesome collection of notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci
Guest More than 1 year ago
These notebooks...both Vol.1 and 2 show the mastermind at his very best. Not only was he an artist...he was a teacher, a visionary, an author, a poet, an architect, and a genius. These books showcase all of his attributes and let us know how amazing he really was.
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Famous person!
uffa More than 1 year ago
Piece of history in your hands. Italian and English. A must have.... Get it now before it's too late.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Personal quote of the day: enjoy life in all its pleasures and joys, and empathize to its deepest sorrows. Entry: umm first notebook entry. I guess this is just kinda like a diary... you write what is happening in ur life and what ur thinking or feeling. So i guess thi is my daily journa layout: so each day, i put a quote, th an entry, then a daily feeling. Sooo todays daily feeling is.... bored. Its sunday. No wonder.
Karen Jackson Porter More than 1 year ago
so cool