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TitleLeonardo Da Vinci in His Own Words
ISBN 139780572030629
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LanguageEnglish
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LEONARDO
DA VINCI

IN HIS OWN WORDS

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Leonardo: maSler arliSl I

How to represent
a tempest

T
HE STUDY of nature made Leonardo acutely aware

that, despite the harmony at the heart of it, it is also

supremelydestructive.

'In orderto representthis tempestyou

mustfirst showthecloudsriven and

torn andflying with thewind, together

with stormsof sandblown up from the

sea-shores,andboughsandleavesswept

by thestrengthandfury of thegale...'

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'Thevery air shouldstriketerror

throughthe deepdarknesscausedby

thedustandmist andheavyclouds.'

'Makethecloudsdrivenby the

impetuouswinds, hurledagainstthe

high mountaintops,andthere

wreathingandeddyinglike wavesthat

beatuponthe rocks.'

'Of themenwho arethere,some

shouldhavefallen andbelying wrapped

roundby their garments,andalmost

indistinguishableon accountof the

dust,while thosewho remainstanding

shouldbebehindsometreewith their

armsthrownroundit that thewind

maynot tearthemaway'

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PicrurcCredits

The Royal Collection,Copyright 200'>,
Her Majestythe QueenElizabethII:
PI4 Baby in the womb
P22Grotesques
P23Headof Leda
P27St Bartholomew
P34Judas
P39DrapedSleeve
P'>6River Scene
PH Bird's Eye View of FerryCrossinga River
P60Starof Bethlehem
P6R HeadandShouldersof Old Man
P69Musclesof the Back
P61 Copseof Birches(detail)
P76Two Plants
P77Arenoand the ChianaValley (detail)
PROAllegory of a Wolf andanEagle
P82Headof a Woman
P83Cats,Dragonsetc(detail)
P85Headof an Elderly Man in a Hat (detail)
P67Self Portraitof theArtist in Old Age (detail)
P87Studyof WaterPassingObstacles(detail)
P89Profiles from Adorationof the Magi
P91 St Georgeandthe Dragon(detail)
P95Horse'sHead
P96Hurricane
P99Earthquake,Fiery Rain andExplosion(detail)
P114-115Valley scene
PI15Studyof WaterPassingObstacles
PI16An-zzoandthe ChianaValley
PI30Cannonmundry
PI34HorsemanGalloping
PI38Skeletonlegbones
PI45 Early Tank(detail)
PI46One-manBattle Ship
PI 50Allegory of a Wolf andEagle(detail)
PI63 Exampleof SheetMusic
PI64 OakIt'aves(detail)
PI65Studyof Arms andHands
PI67Headof St Anne
PI70Selfportrait in Old Age
PI75 PrisonerCostumefor Masque
PI 78-179Headsof Two Typesof Rush
PI81 Grotesques
PI82NeptuneandRearingSeaHorses
PI86Sprigof Blackberries
PI87NudebackView of Man

Reproducedwith the kind pennissionof
BridgemanArt Library:
P50-51Sketchfor theAdorationof the Magi
PIli ArchimedesScrew
Pin CatapultWinch
PI40Fin Spindle

Reproducedwith the kind permissionof Archivi
Alinari, Florence:
P24and191 Self Portrait
P78Amo Landscape
PI60-161ThreeWomenDancing

192

Reproducedwith thekind permissionof Dover
Books:
P7Headof youngwoman
P26Organof Perception,the 'sensuscommunis'
P28-29ShoutingWarrior
P30-31St Anne, the Virgin andChild andStjohn
P32-33Sketchfor abattlescene
P38Drapedknees
P42 Deathof a Dragon
P45 Headof a youngwoman
P46Sketchfor theAdorationof the Magi
P49Sketchfor theAdorationof the Magi lJ(detail)
P62 Storm
P65 VetruvianMan
P67Proportionsof a Face
P7I Sketchfor a Monument
P81 Sketchfor the Madonna,Child andCat
P86Sketchfor Figun-sfrom the LastSupper
P88 Man in FancifulAnnour
P58Proportionsof a Leg
PIOI Alphabetfrom the Notebooks
PI05 HangedMan
PI06Sketchof a Church
plO7 Bustof old Man (detail)
PI12 Earthin its Layers
PI18WaterfallSketch
PI19WaterStudies
P126Storm(detail)
PIB Catapult
PU7Coggedwheel(detail)
PU9Allegory of a Skeleton
PI52Angel Placinga Shieldon aTrophy(detail)
PI69SketchfOr the Madonna,Child andCat
PI73 Sketchfor the MadonnaandFruit
PI83Allegory of Pleasun-andPain
PI84 HangedMan: Bernardodi Bandino
PI88Headof youngWoman

Reproducedwith thekind permissionof An
Archive PictureLibrary:
P36St Anne with the Virgin andChild andStjohn
P40SeatedSt Anne, Virgin andChild
P47Allgelfrom The Virgin of the Rocks
P73 Mona Lisa
P75 Adorationof the Magi
P93Stjohnthe Baptist
P123TheAnnunciation
PI46ScythedWar Machine
P149lt'daand theSwan
P155 Helicopter
PI68St Anne (detail)

Copyright BibliotecaAmbmsiana:
P144-145HugeMortarswith ExplodingProjectiles
PI48Sketchof Wing Design

Any unlistedimages,decorationsor motifs are also
n-producedwith thekind permissionof DoverBooks

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LEONARDO
DA VINCI

IN HIS OWN WORDS
We areall familiar with LeonardodaVinci's greatworks of

art - the Mona Lisa, Vitruvian Man, TheMadonnaof theRocks,

to namejust a few. Thesehaveachievediconic status.

Leonardo'sdrawingsarelesswell known, largelybecause

they representsucha rich legacy,both in termsof number

andsubjectmatter.

Despitethe hugeoutputandincomparablequality of his

artworks,the manhimself remainselusive,unlesswe look

morecloselyat the thinking that informedhis art.

This bookis theperfectintroductionto the manandthe

artist. Collectedfrom his manynotebooks,thewritten entries

captureall aspectsof Leonardo'sobservationsof theworld

aroundhim. Takentogetherwith thebeautifulimages

accompanyingthe text, theyallow unimaginedinsightsinto

perhapsthe mostgifted artistof all time.

ISBN 0-572-03062-2

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9 780570030P9 UK £9.99

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