By Leonardo da Vinci, H. Anna Suh
Leonardo da Vinci—artist, inventor, and prototypical Renaissance man—is a perennial resource of fascination due to his amazing mind and boundless interest in regards to the common and man-made international. in the course of his lifestyles he created quite a few artworks and stored voluminous notebooks that specified his creative and highbrow pursuits.
The choice of writings and paintings during this remarkable e-book are drawn from his notebooks. The ebook organizes his wide variety of pursuits into topics comparable to human figures, gentle and colour, viewpoint and visible notion, anatomy, botany and panorama, geography, the actual sciences and astronomy, structure, sculpture, and innovations. approximately every bit of writing in the course of the publication is keyed to the piece of art it describes.
The writing and artwork is chosen by way of paintings historian H. Anna Suh, who presents attention-grabbing statement and perception into the cloth, making Leonardo's Notebooks a gorgeous single-volume compendium celebrating his enduring genius.
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Make also a horse dragging the dead body of his master, and leaving behind him, in the dust and mud, the track where the body was dragged along.  On Painting 29    30 Beauty, Reason, and Art  On Painting 31  32 Beauty, Reason, and Art  On Painting 33  Make some one shielding his terrified eyes with one hand, the palm towards the enemy, while the other rests on the ground to support his half-raised body. Others represent shouting with their mouths open, and running away.
But painting declines and deteriorates from age to age, when painters have no other standard than painting already done. Hence the painter will produce pictures of small merit if he takes for his standard the pictures of others as was seen in the painters after the Romans who always imitated each other and so their art constantly declined from age to age. But if he will study from natural objects he will bear good fruit.  Many are they who have a taste and love for drawing, but no talent; and this will be discernible in boys who are not diligent and never finish their drawings with shading.