The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci
The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci3 2 5 Scritto da: Leonardo Da Vinci
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us, now, it seems almost inexplicable that these valuable and interesting original texts should have remained so long unpublished, and indeed forgotten.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. This is proved not merely by the prices which they commanded, but also by the exceptional interest which has been attached to the change of ownership of merely a few pages of Manuscript.
I. Prolegomena and General Introduction to the Book on Painting
II. Linear Perspective.
III. Six books on Light and Shade.
IV. Perspective of Disappearance.
V. Theory of colours.
VI. Perspective of Colour and Aerial Perspective.
VII. On the Proportions and on the Movements of the Human Figure.
VIII. Botany for Painters and Elements of Landscape Painting.
IX. The Practice of Painting.
X. Studies and Sketches for Pictures and Decorations.
XI. The notes on Sculpture.
XII. Architectural Designs.
XIII. Theoretical writings on Architecture.
XIV. Anatomy, Zoology and Physiology.
XVI. Physical Geography.
XVII. Topographical Notes.
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