Leonardo Da Vinci

Leonardo Da Vinci : Experience, Experiment and Design

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This fascinating new book, published to accompany a landmark exhibition at the V&A opening in September 2006, provides an unrivalled insight into the working of Leonard da Vinci's visual mind and conveys the magnificent scale of his ideas. The pages of his notebooks are unparalleled in the graphic work of any other thinker from any age and they deal with mighty inventions, great visions of the earth in age-long transformation, the mysterious governance of mathematical proportion in the design of the universe, the most detailed observations and theories of the motions of waters, meticulous reconstructions of the operation of heart valves and with the arts of peace and the science of war. Drawing on the collections of the V&A, The Royal Library Windsor, The British Library, The Bill and Melinda Gates Collection and The British Museum, extraordinary pages from his notebooks, some virtually unknown, are brought to life by large-scale models, most notably his flying machine, tank and giant cross-bow.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 240 pages
  • 247 x 287 x 26mm | 1,844g
  • V & A Publications
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 200 colour
  • 1851774866
  • 9781851774869
  • 742,863

Table of contents

Introduction: Unity in Diversity Part I: MODELS AND MODELLING I Leonardo's Modelling II Modelling Leonardo Part II: THINKING ON PAPER III Form and Space IV Force and Motion The Exhibition Leonardo's Way Through Life Further Reading
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Praise for Martin Kemp: 'The world's leading authority on Leonardo' The Times 'Professor Kemp is the acknowledged academic expert on Leonardo as artist and scientist' Lisa Jardine, Guardian 'Now for the real Leonardo blockbuster' The Times
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About MR Martin Kemp

Martin Kemp is Professor of History of Art at Oxford University. He is the leading world expert on Leonardo's art and science and is the originator of the 'Universal Leonardo' project which generated exhibitions and events across Europe in 2006. He has broadcast extensively on radio and television and his most recent book is the biography Leonardo (2004).
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