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Leonardo Da Vinci

Leonardo Da Vinci

The Mechanics of Man

Book - 2010
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Overview: Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) spent over twenty-five years investigating the workings of the human body. While his paintings were widely known in his day, only a few friends and associates had any intimation of the extent of his medical research. Leonardo's "Anatomical Manuscript A," created over the winter of 1510-11, is the only group of such drawings in which he approached complete coverage of the human form, and it represents his finest work in this area. This fascinating book presents a complete discussion of all the drawings in Manuscript A, not only as evidence of Leonardo's artistic genius, but also as the product of the sophisticated scientific investigations they represent. Each drawing records a meticulous human dissection and is extensively annotated with Leonardo's notes, questions, and memoranda to himself in "mirror-writing," (backward writing legible only when held up to a mirror, the motivations for which have been the subject of much speculation). Each drawing is reproduced twice: once in its original form and once with a new English translation in place of Leonardo's original notes. The authors comment on the accuracy of the anatomical renderings and the conclusions Leonardo draws from them.
Publisher: London : Royal Collection Enterprises ; Los Angeles : J. Paul Getty Museum, 2010
ISBN: 9781606060209
1606060201
9781905686223
1905686226
Call Number: 741.945 L581cm 2010
Characteristics: 156 pages : color illustrations ; 32 cm
Additional Contributors: Philo, Ronald
Alternative Title: Mechanics of man

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The master’s drawings of the body in motion.


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phantomas
Feb 12, 2016

The only comment I can make about the work in this book is to repeat something attributed to Michelangelo Buonarroti, "If people knew how hard I had to work to gain my mastery, it would not seem so wonderful." The proof is in this book. Beautiful, intense, and still the finest example of analytical anatomy drawing I have ever seen. The value of great art is that it is timeless, for it is immortal and we are not. If you would like to understand the amount of work this truly represents, spend a year working through Michael Hampton's Figure Drawing - Design and Invention.

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