Leonardo Da Vinci, 1452-1519


Author: Frank Zöllner
Publisher: Taschen
ISBN: 9783822859797
Category: Art
Page: 96
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"One of the most accomplished human beings who ever lived, Leonardo remains the quintessential Renaissance genius." Creator of the world's most famous painting, this scientist, artist, philosopher, inventor, builder, and mechanic epitomized the great flowering of human consciousness that marks his era. And yet, so wide-ranging and prolific were his interests that he brought hardly any major undertaking to a final end. Leonardo also advanced numerous artistic techniques, and implicated a complex psychology into his paintings of "The Last Supper" and the enigmatic "La Gioconda, " or "Mona Lisa." Famous horseman, rival to Michelangelo, military engineer to the Borgias, he died in 1519 in a chateau given to him by Francis I, King of France. Not bad for the illegitimate son of a Florentine notary.

Leonardo Da Vinci. Complete Paintings and Drawings


Author: Johannes Nathan,Frank Zöllner
Publisher: Evergreen
ISBN: 9783836527019
Category: Art
Page: 700
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Da Vinci in detail: Leonardo's life and work -- all pictures, all drawings! One of the most fully achieved human beings who has ever lived, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) is recognized the world over as a figure of infinite curiosity, feverish imagination and sublime artistic ability. This updated edition of our XL title provides the most comprehensive survey of the life and work of this master painter, sculptor, architect, scientist, and inventor. Its catalogue raisonné of Leonardo's paintings covers both his surviving and his lost painted works. With full-bleed details of many paintings, the reader is able to inspect the subtlest facets of brushworks that came to revolutionize Art History. A further catalog of Leonardo's drawings arranges nearly 700 of his drawings by category (architecture, technical, proportion, cartography, etc) and showcases his fabulous observational finesse, from anatomical studies to architectural plans, from complex engineering designs to pudgy infant portraits. It includes a fresh chapter exploring the artist's mesmerizing manuscripts. The accompanying account of Leonardo's life and work includes a special in-depth exploration of his masterworks The Annunciation and The Last Supper.

Leonardo. The Complete Paintings and Drawings


Author: FRANK. ZLLNER,Johannes Nathan
Publisher: Taschen
ISBN: 9783836576253
Category:
Page: 704
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Da Vinci in Detail The life and work of the ultimate Renaissance artist One of the most fully achieved human beings who has ever lived, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) is recognized the world over as a figure of infinite curiosity, feverish imagination and sublime artistic ability. This updated edition of our XL title provides the most comprehensive survey of the life and work of this master painter, sculptor, architect, scientist, and inventor. Its catalogue raisonné of Leonardo's paintings covers both his surviving and his lost painted works. With full-bleed details of many paintings, the reader is able to inspect the subtlest facets of brushworks that came to revolutionize Art History. A further catalog of Leonardo's drawings arranges nearly 700 of his drawings by category (architecture, technical, proportion, cartography, etc) and showcases his fabulous observational finesse, from anatomical studies to architectural plans, from complex engineering designs to pudgy infant portraits. It includes a fresh chapter exploring the artist's mesmerizing manuscripts. The accompanying account of Leonardo's life and work includes a special in-depth exploration of his masterworks The Annunciation and The Last Supper.

Leonardo da Vinci and The Virgin of the Rocks

One Painter, Two Virgins, Twenty-Five Years
Author: Katy Blatt
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
ISBN: 1527514919
Category: Art
Page: 201
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This is the first book dedicated to Leonardo da Vinci’s commission for The Virgin of the Rocks. Leonardo completed fewer than twenty paintings in his lifetime, yet he returned twice to this same mysterious subject over the course of a twenty-five year period. Identical in terms of iconography, stylistically these paintings are worlds apart. The first, of c.1482-4, was Leonardo’s magnum opus, catapulting the young artist from obscurity to fame. When, in 1508, he finished the second painting, he was nearing the end of his artistic career and had become an international celebrity. Why did he revisit The Virgin of the Rocks? What was the meaning behind the cavernous subterranean landscape? What lies behind the colder monumentality of the second version? This book opens up Leonardo’s world, setting the scene in Republican Florence and the humanist court of the Milanese warlord Ludovico Sforza, to answer these questions. Through lyrical yet scholarly analyses of Leonardo’s paintings, notebooks and technical experimentation, it unveils the secret realms of human dissection and Neo-Platonic philosophy that inspired the creation of the two masterpieces. In doing so, the book reveals that The Virgin of the Rocks holds the key to the greatest philosophical, scientific and personal transformations of Leonardo’s life. Images and links to figures are available at www.virginoftherocks.com.

Leonardo Da Vinci


Author: Walter Isaacson
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1471166775
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 576
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'To read this magnificent biography of Leonardo da Vinci is to take a tour through the life and works of one of the most extraordinary human beings of all time in the company of the most engaging, informed, and insightful guide imaginable. Walter Isaacson is at once a true scholar and a spellbinding writer. And what a wealth of lessons there are to be learned in these pages.' David McCullough Based on thousands of pages from Leonardo’s astonishing notebooks and new discoveries about his life and work, Walter Isaacson weaves a narrative that connects his art to his science. He shows how Leonardo’s genius was based on skills we can improve in ourselves, such as passionate curiosity, careful observation, and an imagination so playful that it flirted with fantasy. He produced the two most famous paintings in history, The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa. But in his own mind, he was just as much a man of science and technology. With a passion that sometimes became obsessive, he pursued innovative studies of anatomy, fossils, birds, the heart, flying machines, botany, geology, and weaponry. His ability to stand at the crossroads of the humanities and the sciences, made iconic by his drawing of Vitruvian Man, made him history’s most creative genius. His creativity, like that of other great innovators, came from having wide-ranging passions. He peeled flesh off the faces of cadavers, drew the muscles that move the lips, and then painted history’s most memorable smile. He explored the math of optics, showed how light rays strike the cornea, and produced illusions of changing perspectives in The Last Supper. Isaacson also describes how Leonardo’s lifelong enthusiasm for staging theatrical productions informed his paintings and inventions. Leonardo’s delight at combining diverse passions remains the ultimate recipe for creativity. So, too, does his ease at being a bit of a misfit: illegitimate, gay, vegetarian, left-handed, easily distracted, and at times heretical. His life should remind us of the importance of instilling, both in ourselves and our children, not just received knowledge but a willingness to question it—to be imaginative and, like talented misfits and rebels in any era, to think different.

Leonardo da Vinci’s Giant Crossbow


Author: Matt Landrus
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9783540689188
Category: Technology & Engineering
Page: 180
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Although Leonardo’s Giant Crossbow is one of his most popular drawings, it has been one of the least understood. "Leonardo’s Giant Crossbow" offers the first in-depth account of this drawing’s likely purpose and its highly resolved design. This fascinating book has a wealth of technical information about the Giant Crossbow drawing, as it’s a complete study of this project, though this is as accessible to the general audience as much as it is also informative with new discoveries for the professors of engineering, technology and art. The book explores the context of Leonardo’s invention with an examination of the extensive documentary evidence, a short history of the great crossbow and ballista, the first accurate translation of the text and the technical specifications, and a detailed analysis of Leonardo’s design process for the crossbow, from start to finish. Dozens of preparatory drawings, along with the recent discovery of nearly invisible metal stylus preparatory incisions under the ink of the Giant Crossbow drawing, are evidence of Leonardo’s intent to offer engineers and other viewers a thorough design of the massive machine. The book proposes these new discoveries with the help of a strategy that had been at the core of Leonardo’s working philosophy: the proportional method. As proven with an analysis of the Giant Crossbow project, he used a consistent approach to 1/3rd proportions throughout the design and drawing process and employed this kind of proportional strategy at the start of almost every important project. Thanks to this proof of his knowledge of geometry, evidence of his studies of impetus and force, and thanks to the highly polished and complex nature of the Giant Crossbow design, a later date for the drawing is proposed in the present book, associating the drawing with his drafting capabilities around 1490-93.

Leonardo da Vinci


Author: Paul Rockett
Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc
ISBN: 150817055X
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 48
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Leonardo da Vinci’s remarkable artistic talents made him a celebrity during his lifetime and an inspiration to generations of artists who have followed him. In this wide-ranging look at da Vinci’s life and career, images of his most famous paintings, including the Mona Lisa and the Last Supper, are accompanied by in-depth analysis of the technique behind these masterpieces. In addition, da Vinci’s engineering and anatomical drawings are discussed. Readers will discover how he shaped the Renaissance movement and introduced a new level of realism to art that still amazes viewers.

Die 4-Stunden-Woche

Mehr Zeit, mehr Geld, mehr Leben
Author: Timothy Ferriss
Publisher: Ullstein eBooks
ISBN: 3843704457
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 352
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Warum arbeiten wir uns eigentlich zu Tode? Haben wir nichts Besseres zu tun? Und ob! - sagt Timothy Ferriss. Der junge Unternehmer war lange Workaholic mit 80-Stunden-Woche. Doch dann erfand er MBA- Management by Absence- und ist seitdem freier, reicher, glücklicher. Mit viel Humor, provokanten Denkanstößen und erprobten Tipps erklärt Ferriss, wie sich die 4-Stunden-Woche bei vollem Lohnausgleich verwirklichen lässt. Der Wegweiser für eine Flucht aus dem Hamsterrad und ein Manifest für eine neue Gewichtung zwischen Leben und Arbeiten.

Leonardo da Vinci

Das Auge der Welt
Author: Volker Reinhardt
Publisher: C.H.Beck
ISBN: 3406724744
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 383
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Leonardo da Vinci – Maler der Mona Lisa, visionärer Konstrukteur von Flugapparaten und Zeichner des ideal proportionierten Menschen – ist als prototypisches Universalgenie der Renaissance weltberühmt. Volker Reinhardt entdeckt demgegenüber einen Künstler, der vor allem gegen seine Zeit lebte: gegen die wortverliebten Humanisten, gegen das weltabgewandte Christentum, gegen den Glauben der Alchemisten an verborgene Kräfte der Natur. Für Leonardo galt nur, was das Auge sieht, und seine Mission war es, sehend, zeichnend und malend zum Auge der Welt zu werden. Leonardo wuchs in Florenz auf, arbeitete in der Werkstatt Verrocchios, als Hofkünstler in Mailand, als Kriegsingenieur Cesar e Borgias und verbrachte einen luxuriösen Lebensabend am Hof des französischen Königs. Die Stationen seines Lebens sind gut erforscht und doch voller Rätsel: Warum stellte er kaum ein Werk fertig und schrieb in Spiegelschrift? Wen stellt die Mona Lisa dar? Sind seine gebirgigen Hintergründe geheime Seelenlandschaften? Volker Reinhardt hat die von Kunsthistorikern vernachlässigten Notizbücher Leonardos neu gelesen und kann so quellenbasiert gängige Mutmaßungen über sein Leben und Werk korrigieren. Vor allem aber gibt er dem von allen vereinnahmten Außenseiter seine subversive Sperrigkeit zurück – und sein Geheimnis, denn die Aura des Mysteriums, mit der sich Leonardo selbst umgab, war, wie das profunde, glänzend geschriebene Buch zeigt, eines seiner erfolgreichsten Werke.

Leonardo da Vinci

Künstler, Erfinder, Wissenschaftler
Author: Leonardo (da Vinci),Historisches Museum der Pfalz (Speyer, Germany)
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Art
Page: 221
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Da Vinci's Ghost

Genius, Obsession, and How Leonardo Created the World in His Own Image
Author: Toby Lester
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1439189234
Category: Art
Page: 275
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Journalist and storyteller Toby Lester brings Vitruvian Man to life, resurrecting the ghost of an unknown Leonardo. Populated by a colorful cast of characters, including Brunelleschi of the famous Dome, "Da Vinci's Ghost" opens up a surprising window onto the artist and philosopher himself and the tumultuous intellectual and cultural transformations he bridged.