Leonardo on Flight

Leonardo on Flight

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A genius for all time, Leonardo da Vinci contributed artistic masterpieces, spectacular inventions, and scientific research to Western culture. This beautifully illustrated volume reconstructs the origin of one of the most fascinating and fundamental aspects of Leonardo's life and work: his dream of human flight. With masterfully reproduced drawings from his vast library of manuscripts and folios-especially from the Codex "On the Flight of Birds" and the Codex "Atlanticus" - this book traces the development of Leonardo's theories and experiments over time. Detailed descriptions and unique readings of these exquisite sketches, letters, and notes reveal the inner workings of the artist-scientist. Leonardo on Flight begins with the drawings from his years in Florence making theatrical devices ( ingegni) and then moves to the marvelous flying machine - the ornithopter-constructed in Milan during the same period he completed The Last Supper and the equestrian statue Francesco Sforza for Duke Ludovic il Moro . After 1500, Leonardo's work returned to nature and focused on the flight of birds, the dynamic potential of the human body, and the physics of wind.
The final chapter of the book considers the last years of Leonardo's life and his escape into theory and whimsical experiments such as flying wax figurines, inflated bullocks' intestines, and automatons.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 123 pages
  • 222 x 260 x 12.7mm | 544g
  • Baltimore, MD, United States
  • English
  • 200 color illus., 75 halftones
  • 0801887666
  • 9780801887666
  • 2,021,126

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A beautifully-illustrated new book. Independent 2008 This beautifully illustrated volume reconstructs Leonardo's dream of human flight. Science News 2008 This attractively-presented book traces all Leonardo's aeronautical studies. -- Philip Jarrett Aeroplane 2008 Beautifully illustrated book. -- Malcolm English AIR International 2008 This well illustrated book draws on details from paintings and marginal sketches, some only a few lines, as well as his notebooks, to gain a tantalizing glimpse of a life-long struggle to come to terms with the complex world of flight and his attempts to design flying machines. -- Euring Colin Ledsome Engineering Designer 2009 Beautifully illustrated... offers fascinating insight into the mind of a great inventor as well as artist. Bibliotheque d'Humanisme et Renaissance 2009
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About Domenico Laurenza

Domenico Laurenza devotes himself to the history of images in the Renaissance, history of scientific iconography, and, in particular, to the work of Leonardo da Vinci. He collaborates with the Istituto e Museo di Storia della Scienza in Florence and carries out research at the University of Siena. He is the scientific director and author of the five-volume work Leonardo. Uomo del Rinascimento. Genio del futuro.
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