Leonardo da Vinci Thoughts on Art and Life

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“All knowledge which ends in words will die as quickly as it came to life, with the exception of the written word: which is its mechanical part.”

A fascinating collection of writings from the great polymath of the Italian Renaissance, Leonardo da Vinci. There are sections covering the great man's thoughts on life, art and science. Maurice Baring trawled the available manuscripts to distil da Vinci's writings on these subjects into a single, accessible tome, which will be of interest to students of da Vinci, the Renaissance and the history of both art and science.

“Some most interesting instances of Leonardo’s keen and inquisitive observation. The eye fascinated Leonardo. He observes it acutely under many conditions...The remarkable restlessness of a creative mind that could not choose but employ itself in investigation and inquiry. Of course he insists on being guilty of the great forensic sin of proving too much. But what a busy head! This is a book which on one who has wondered at the smile of the Mona Lisa will fail to find of great interest; for in it is set down, quite simply for the most part, the personality of an uncommon thinker.” -The International Studio, Volume 31, March, 1907

Introduction

I. Thoughts on Life

II. Thoughts on Art

III. Thoughts on Science

IV. Bibliographical Note

V. Table of References

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Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci : (April 15, 1452 – May 2, 1519) was an Italian Renaissance polymath: painter, sculptor, architect, musician, scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer. His genius, perhaps more than that of any other figure, epitomized the Renaissance humanist ideal. Leonardo has often been described as the archetype of the Renaissance Man, a man of "unquenchable curiosity" and "feverishly inventive imagination". He is widely considered to be one of the greatest painters of all time and perhaps the most diversely talented person ever to have lived. According to art historian Helen Gardner, the scope and depth of his interests were without precedent and "his mind and personality seem to us superhuman, the man himself mysterious and remote". Marco Rosci states that while there is much speculation about Leonardo, his vision of the world is essentially logical rather than mysterious, and that the empirical methods he employed were unusual for his time.

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