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Leonardo on the Human Body

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"It is a miracle that any one man should have observed, read, and written down so much in a single lifetime." — Kenneth Clark
Painter, sculptor, musician, scientist, architect, engineer, inventor . . . perhaps no other figure so fully embodies the Western Ideal of "Renaissance man" as Leonardo da Vinci. Leonardo was not content, however, to master an artistic technique or r
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Paperback, 512 pages
Published September 1st 1983 by Dover Publications
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Danny
Feb 27, 2016 Danny rated it it was amazing
A fascinating chapter in the history of anatomical representation. The sketches failed to exert notable influence over European representations of the body, as Leonardo never published. Nevertheless, it's fascinating to see an artist applying the visual realism that had been developing in Europe since Giotto to the human body some fifty years or so before Vesalius. The same forces that converged to make Vesalius's De Humani Corporis Fabrica possible (visual realism and scientific skepticism, amo ...more
Karin
saw this one while I was wandering in the stacks and just had to take it home. It's the book on anatomy that da Vinci never published, but had several finished plates for. This was a translation of each plate and his notes along with a photo of each plate. It's interesting to see what his fixations were in a time when there was not much accuracy about anatomy. All of his bodies are "exaggerated"-old men with very muscular bodies, etc.Just kind of a fun read to pick up and peruse.
John
May 11, 2016 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I picked up this book in researching material for an art history course. The major problem was finding a way to get the english translations of the notebooks (in this case anatomy) to match up with the actual illustrations on the manuscripts. This book did the trick!
Fernando Fernandes
Jul 30, 2014 Fernando Fernandes rated it really liked it
Very entertaining and informative book. May be particularly enjoyable if you are into: 1. Art; 2. History; 3. Anatomy (being #2 the weakest subject of the book -- but still engaging). A four. Out of five.
s.s
Dec 09, 2013 s.s rated it it was amazing
He was a genius. Simply spectacular.
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Apr 23, 2012 Havva rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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3.5 stars.
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It was on April 15, 1452, that Leonardo was born in the town of Vinci, Republic of Florence, in what is now in Italy, the illegitimate son of a notary and a barmaid. It is from his birthplace that he is known as Leonardo da Vinci. Leonardo seemed to master every subject to which he turned his attention: he was a painter, draftsman, sculptor, architect, and engineer, wrote poetry and stories: the p ...more
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