The Mind of Leonardo Da Vinci

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In this classic, engrossing text, a distinguished historian explores the mind and manifold interests of the greatest personality of the Renaissance. More than just a biography, the book presents a detailed investigation of Leonardo's genius. Its colorful, evocative prose offers numerous demonstrations of the master's achievements, not only in sculpture and painting, but also in music, engineering, and even experimental aviation.
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The Mind of Leonardo da Vinci

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Overview

In this classic, engrossing text, a distinguished historian explores the mind and manifold interests of the greatest personality of the Renaissance. More than just a biography, the book presents a detailed investigation of Leonardo's genius. Its colorful, evocative prose offers numerous demonstrations of the master's achievements, not only in sculpture and painting, but also in music, engineering, and even experimental aviation.
A renowned authority on the works and personality of Leonardo, author Edward McCurdy translated many of the artist's writings. "In the thousands of pages of his manuscript he has left the mirror of his thought," McCurdy observes, "and there his mind may be seen at work, moving among the phenomena of nature and the inherited knowledge of antiquity, trying all things, expounding all things, proving all things." McCurdy begins by tracing the artist's travels, from his native Florence to Milan, Venice, Rome, and France. Part Two examines the manuscripts and their philosophical revelations, and the third section assesses the paintings and sculpture. First published in 1928, this book remains one of the best introductions to Leonardo and his extraordinary versatility.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486441429
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 11/24/2011
  • Series: Dover Fine Art, History of Art Series
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 738,540
  • Product dimensions: 5.36 (w) x 8.44 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Table of Contents

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Foreword
List of Illustrations
Part One Florence to 1483
  Milan 1483-1499
  Venice and Florence 1500
  The Romagna
  Tuscany
  Florence 1503-1506
  Milan 1506-1513
  Rome
  France
Part Two The Manuscripts
  Belief
  Travels
  Aviation
Part Three Painting
  Sculpture
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