- 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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Leonardo da Vinci, 1452-1519: Sketches and Drawings Hardcover – 2006
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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.
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.
Thick, hard cover book, great for any Leonardo fan
Would make a nice gift with the Paintings book
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love how large the illustrations are in this book, this is a hardback book and it does add some weight to my bookshelf but it is well worth it.Published 1 month ago by Madelyne Silvestre
I am so happy with this book! I've been reading HOW TO THINK LIKE LEONARDO DA VINCI and studying his sketches will be just the thing to do.Published 5 months ago by QueenmomRB
Huge book, awesome if you're a da Vinci fan, the best collection of his sketches in a book that I've come acrossPublished 10 months ago by adam