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Leonardo da Vinci, 1452-1519: Sketches and Drawings Hardcover – 2006

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 207 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen; 1st edition (2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0681165863
  • ISBN-13: 978-0681165861
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 15.4 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #984,465 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Very little text, a lot of drawings. If you're looking for analytical reviews and explanations of Leonardo's art, this isn't the book for you. If you are an admirer of his incredible drawings, this IS the book you need. This volume is an oversized hardback (the copy I have is) with nice reproductions of his pencil, ink, chalk and other dry media drawings. He did way more drawings than paintings, but it seems people most often remember the Mona Lisa or the Last Supper. His anatomical drawings, horse sketches and studies, preliminary layouts for paintings, machines, drapery studies, notebook sketches and notes are here, full color (for the colors he used, like sanguine and sepia) and large enough to appreciate.

It is amazing that a of his couple head studies look very similar to MRIs I have had taken of my head. There are machine drawings for flying machines and other mechanical things that weren't to be for centuries. Detailed skeleton and organ sketches, proportional scales for anatomy, grotesque heads with great expressions. It is fascinating to see how many subjects interested him, and how well he analyzed and understood each one.

There's a lot to be learned from this book, despite minimal text. The proper human body proportions are in here, the bones and muscles and such are an excellent study of anatomy for an artist, the drapery studies, besides exhibiting great patience on his part, are an excellent exploration of shadows and lighting. It is a tremendous lesson if one were to copy a drawing of his, to see how a master drew and to learn from his pencil marks and pressure and shading.

Obviously, I highly recommend the book. It's a great price for a superb collection from this brilliant artist.
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This rendition is perfect for a class project in the arts,

sciences, medicine or engineering. The work has detailed drawings

of animal anatomy, as well as patent drawings. The quality of

the presentation is comparable to a professional architect or

commercial artist. Each drawing has a considerable explanation

of the origin and artistic context of the rendition. The book

proves that Da Vinci envisioned some of today's inventions

500 or so years before they were commercialized.

The scientist Sigmund Freud said of Leonardo da Vinci:

"Indeed, the great Leonardo remained like a child for the whole

of his life in more than one way; it is said, that all great men

are bound to retain some infantile part. Even as an adult, he

continued to play, and this was another reason why he often

appeared uncanny and incomprehensible to his contemporaries."

The acquisition is well worth the price for serious students

of the arts, sciences, medicine or engineering.
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This is a great coffee table book, that features a wide variety of images and sketches. It's quite oversized, but looks very impressive on our table. If you are looking for a book to brush up on your DaVinci history and biography, this is not the book for you. But if you just want a beautiful presentation of images for browsing, this is a great choice.
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Beautiful illustrations.
Thick, hard cover book, great for any Leonardo fan
Would make a nice gift with the Paintings book
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Have not had the time to spend much time looking through this, but upon glancing through it I can say I look forward to spending time looking at all the work that Leonardo did.
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