Leonardo da Vinci Drawings
by Daniel Coenn
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This Art Book contains annotated reproductions of Leonardo da Vinci drawings, date and interesting facts page below. Book includes Table of Contents and is formatted for all e-readers and Tablets (use rotate and/or zoom feature on landscape/horizontal images for optimal viewing).
Leonardo recorded his constant flow of ideas for paintings on paper. In his Studies for the Nativity, he studied different poses and gestures of the mother and her infant, probably in preparation for the main panel in his famous altarpiece known as the Virgin of the Rocks (Paris, Louvre). Similarly, in a sheet of designs for a stage setting, prepared for a staging of a masque (or musical comedy) in Milan in 1496, he made notes on the actors' positions on stage alongside his sketches, translating images and ideas from his imagination onto paper. Leonardo also drew what he observed from the world around him, including human anatomy, animal and plant life, the motion of water, and the flight of birds. He also investigated the mechanisms of machines used in his day, inventing many devices like a modern-day engineer. His drawing techniques range from rather rapid pen sketches to carefully finished drawings in red and black chalks. His drawings demonstrate his fascination with physiognomy, and contrasts between youth and old age, beauty and ugliness.
- Classic & Annotated, November 2012
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