The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci: Selections

The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci: Selections

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Throughout his life Leonardo da Vinci carried notebooks in which he scribbled down ideas and opinions as they occurred - personal, domestic, scientific, philosophical, artistic - frequently accompanied by explanatory sketches and diagrams. Surviving manuscripts contain drafts of letters, fanciful fables, rough treatises on the art of painting or the power of water, descriptions of the Medici courts, even jokes. The present selection gives coherence to this rich kaleidoscope of ideas. From it emerges the portrait of a true Renaissance man, whose habit of rigorous enquiry, observation, and experiment, grounded on a philosophic system, led him to conceive of the universe as an organized cosmos corresponding to a work of art.show more

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  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 127 x 195.58 x 20.32mm | 272.15g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0192838970
  • 9780192838971

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"This is an excellent selection, with a lot of breadth and depth!"--F.W. Blackwell, Washington State Univ."Excellent text for intermediate and upper level courses on the arts and man. Selections are adequate and edited well. Leonardo's ideas are difficult but the translations and brief commentaries at the beginning of each section are helpful to the student and make these ideals accessible to the average student."--Orville V. Clark, University of Wisconsin--Green Bay"Excellent introduction to one of the most complex aspects of Leonardo's art."--Norman Land, University of Missouri "This is an excellent selection, with a lot of breadth and depth!"--F.W. Blackwell, Washington State Univ. "Excellent text for intermediate and upper level courses on the arts and man. Selections are adequate and edited well. Leonardo's ideas are difficult but the translations and brief commentaries at the beginning of each section are helpful to the student and make these ideals accessible to the average student."--Orville V. Clark, University of Wisconsin--Green Bay "Excellent introduction to one of the most complex aspects of Leonardo's art."--Norman Land, University of Missouri "This is an excellent selection, with a lot of breadth and depth!"--F.W. Blackwell, Washington State Univ. "Excellent text for intermediate and upper level courses on the arts and man. Selections are adequate and edited well. Leonardo's ideas are difficult but the translations and brief commentaries at the beginning of each section are helpful to the student and make these ideals accessible to the average student."--Orville V. Clark, University of Wisconsin--Green Bay "Excellent introduction to one of the most complex aspects of Leonardo's art."--Norman Land, University of Missouri "This is an excellent selection, with a lot of breadth and depth!"--F.W. Blackwell, Washington State Univ."Excellent text for intermediate and upper level courses on the arts and man. Selections are adequate and edited well. Leonardo's ideas are difficult but the translations and brief commentaries at the beginning of each section are helpful to the student and make these ideals accessible to theaverage student."--Orville V. Clark, University of Wisconsin--Green Bay"Excellent introduction to one of the most complex aspects of Leonardo's art."--Norman Land, University of Missourishow more

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