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Leonardo on painting : an anthology of writings

Author: Leonardo, da Vinci; Martin Kemp; Margaret Walker
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, 1989.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Leonardo's writings on painting were never edited by Leonardo himself into a coherent treatise. The book known as Leonardo's Treatise on Painting, first published in 1651, comprises a compilation of quotations, described by one early translator as a "chaos of intelligence." This anthology aims to bring order into the chaos, so Leonardo's views can be read in a logical and sequential manner. The authors have edited  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Early works
Early works to 1800
Named Person: Leonardo, da Vinci
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Leonardo, da Vinci; Martin Kemp; Margaret Walker
ISBN: 0300045425 9780300045420 0300045093 9780300045093
OCLC Number: 19621445
Notes: Translated from the Italian.
Description: viii, 328 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: I. General principles --
II. The science of vision in painting --
III. The human body --
IV. The depiction of nature --
V. The painter's practice --
VI. Leonardo's artistic career.
Other Titles: Works.
Responsibility: by Leonardo da Vinci with a selection of documents relating to his career as an artist ; edited by Martin Kemp ; selected and translated by Martin Kemp and Margaret Walker.

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Leonardo's writings on painting were never edited by Leonardo himself into a coherent treatise. The book known as Leonardo's Treatise on Painting, first published in 1651, comprises a compilation of quotations, described by one early translator as a "chaos of intelligence." This anthology aims to bring order into the chaos, so Leonardo's views can be read in a logical and sequential manner. The authors have edited material not only from the Treatise but also from Leonardo's surviving manuscripts and from other primary sources, some of which are here translated for the first time. Included among these are Leonardo's own letters and memoranda, letters by contemporaries, and important documents to which he was a signatory. The book begins by looking at Leonardo's general principles of painting. Then follow sections on the optical foundations of art, the human body, the appearance of nature, and the practice of painting, including instructions for the artist and evocative accounts of subject matter.--From publisher description.

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