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The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci, Complete

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Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci (15 April 1452 - 2 May 1519) was an Italian polymath, painter, sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer.
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Apr 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I do NOT recommend the kindle edition, which cannot do justice to the drawings, to say nothing of Leonardo's mirror-writing. I read in paper.
Leonardo worked as a military engineer for the Sforza, as James McNeil Whistler's father worked for the Czar building a railway. Since my daughter has lived in Milano a quarter century, I have also seen many of Leonardo's constructions there in the Museo Nazionale della scienza e tecnologia. If Whistler's father had painted Whistler's Mother, eccociqua: An
Sep 25, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Wonderful detail from a Master; I need to find an illustrated version (if there is one) to better understand or see what he was seeing when he made his notes.
Feb 17, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci, by Edward MacCurdy, 1938. Considering this book is comprised exclusively of translated notes from 16th century Latin, the fluidity and general ease of readability was a pleasant surprise. A quintessential polymath, versed in so many areas, a mind as great as Leonardo may come around only once in a century. Like any great artist or scientist his keen sense of observation is remarkable. In an attempt to design an ornithopter, Leonardo's study of flight is excact
Clayton Chase
So much to say about Leonardo. Truly the quintessential renaissance man. Reading his complete notebooks made me realize that the breadth and depth of his curiosities and goings-on are much greater than is commonly known. Many of his writings were discovered after the inventions he wrote about were re-created by others, but this collection still puts any modern blogger to shame. Keep your journals, you never know who might be interested!
Oct 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Read this online at Project Gutenberg. What a great thinker and a great service.
Clayton Chase
Something an art and science geek like me can get into. An ongoing reference of creative genius.
May 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is appropriate for students of observation, that is, science and art students, et al. Students as young as tweens can appreciate LdaV's notebooks.
Levon Peter Poe
May 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A masterwork for understanding the process of creation of the great Maestro.
To read this book and have the opportunity to contemplate Leonardo's thinking process was an Honor.
Sury Vemagal
Jun 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
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I immensely enjoyed reading the book. It inspires one to work, to think, to explore... and, ah, to paint too! Da Vinci's interests were wide-ranging.
Mar 19, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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"Whoever adduces authority uses not intellect, but rather memory."

Leonardo Da Vinci was truly a renaissance man. Not only a painter, inventer, and anatomist, he was also interested in optics, acoustics, astronomy, geology, and architecture among other things. This book collects everything Leonardo Da Vinci has written concerning art and science, but also his day to day writings such as his letters and even bills he sent to his clients. For the most part this book is tedious. His understanding of
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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
“The painter who draws merely by practice and by eye, without any reason, is like a mirror which copies every thing placed in front of it without being conscious of their existence.” 10 likes
“to Nature, since it is only by chance that they wear the human” 5 likes
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