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The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci — Volume 1   By: (1452-1519)

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The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci — Volume 1 is a fascinating collection of the writings and sketches of the legendary Renaissance artist and inventor, Leonardo Da Vinci. This volume provides a glimpse into the mind of a true genius, as Da Vinci explores a wide range of topics, from anatomy and botany to engineering and architecture.

The meticulous attention to detail in Da Vinci's notes and drawings is truly astounding, showcasing his insatiable curiosity and thirst for knowledge. Readers will be captivated by his observations and revelations, as well as by his unique perspective on the world around him.

While some of the content may be dense and technical, there is also a sense of wonder and creativity that permeates each page. Da Vinci's keen observations of the natural world and his innovative ideas for inventions are truly ahead of his time and continue to inspire readers centuries later.

Overall, The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci — Volume 1 is a must-read for anyone interested in art, science, or history. It offers a rare glimpse into the mind of a true genius and provides invaluable insights into the workings of one of history's most brilliant minds.

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The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci

Volume 1

Translated by Jean Paul Richter



A singular fatality has ruled the destiny of nearly all the most famous of Leonardo da Vinci's works. Two of the three most important were never completed, obstacles having arisen during his life time, which obliged him to leave them unfinished; namely the Sforza Monument and the Wall painting of the Battle of Anghiari, while the third the picture of the Last Supper at Milan has suffered irremediable injury from decay and the repeated restorations to which it was recklessly subjected during the XVIIth and XVIIIth centuries. Nevertheless, no other picture of the Renaissance has become so wellknown and popular through copies of every description.

Vasari says, and rightly, in his Life of Leonardo, "that he laboured much more by his word than in fact or by deed", and the biographer evidently had in his mind the numerous works in Manuscript which have been preserved to this day. To us, now, it seems almost inexplicable that these valuable and interesting original texts should have remained so long unpublished, and indeed forgotten. It is certain that during the XVIth and XVIIth centuries their exceptional value was highly appreciated... Continue reading book >>

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