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Leonardo da Vinci: Notebooks (Oxford World's Classics) [Paperback]

by Leonardo da Vinci, Irma A. Richter, Martin Kemp, Thereza Wells
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May 11, 2008 0199299021 978-0199299027 New
Most of what we know about Leonardo da Vinci, we know because of his notebooks. Some 6,000 sheets of notes and drawings survive, perhaps one-fifth of what he actually produced. With an artist's eye and a scientist's curiosity, he recorded in these pages his observations on the movement of water and the formation of rocks, the nature of flight and optics, anatomy, architecture, sculpture, and painting. He jotted down fables, epigrams, and letters and developed his belief in the sublime unity of nature and man. Through his notebooks we can get an insight into Leonardo's thoughts, and his approach to work and life. This selection, organized in seven themed sections, offers a fascinating and informative sample of his writings. Fully updated, this new edition includes some 70 line drawings and a Preface by Martin Kemp, one of the world's leading authorities on Leonardo, who explores the artist's genius and the contents and legacy of his manuscripts. The book also features new notes and a chronology of Leonardo's life.

About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

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A remarkable insight into the Renaissance mind. The Guardian.

About the Author


Irma A. Richter was an artist, translator, and Leonardo scholar.
Thereza Wells is Head of Scientific Analysis at Universal Leonardo.
Martin Kemp is University Professor of the History of Art at the University of Oxford (Trinity College) and the author of The Oxford History of Western Art and Leonardo.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA; New edition (May 11, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199299021
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199299027
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,941 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The Title Is Very Misleading June 12, 2013
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If you, like myself, wanted to look at the drawings of Leonardo da Vinci don't buy this book. I did not want the art work, I wanted to see how his mind worked and how he figured out the amazing ways to do things when he drew them. This book is primarily rhetoric and I have that in two other excellent books. Oxford has always meant, to me, that it was the real thing; that is unfortunately not the case with this book.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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I was skeptical at first about the quality of this book because there were no reviews. There are in fact several sketches of Leonardo's found in the book unlike the free versions of his notebooks, but if you are looking for his notebooks with out the sketches than the free versions are the way to go. Don't be dissuaded by the free versions of Da Vinci's Notebooks, but instead spring for this copy. Trust me you won't be disappointed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Amazon needs to clarify that this book has only a few thumbnail sketches done by Leonardo. The text is of his commentaries regarding what he reckons should constitute quality imagery, technically and aesthetically.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but there is better February 1, 2014
By TF
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This book is better than the free versions which only have the text. However, I recommend Leonardo's Notebooks which probably has the most samples of Leonardo's sketches.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good compilation October 26, 2013
By Viv
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For those interested in Da Vinci's work, this is an excellent record and concisely portrays the amazing mental processes he used for his brilliant work for his entire life. Bought it as a gift for my father who is a brilliant designer himself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book! June 6, 2013
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love Leonardo DaVinci..... Everything he did he mastered eventually.he was a perfectionist....his sketches & drawing are great... his painting are beautiful..... He was a Master in what he did..
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