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such a lot of what we all know approximately Leonardo da Vinci, we all know as a result of his notebooks. a few 6,000 sheets of notes and drawings live on, which symbolize possibly one-fifth of what he truly produced. In them he recorded every little thing that him on the planet round him, and his examine of ways issues paintings. With an artist's eye and a scientist's interest he studied the circulation of water and the formation of rocks, the character of flight and optics, anatomy, structure, sculpture, and portray. He jotted down fables and letters and built his trust within the elegant team spirit of nature and guy. via his notebooks we will get an perception into Leonardo's concepts, and his method of paintings and lifestyles.

this feature deals a cross-section of his writings, prepared round coherent issues. absolutely up-to-date, this re-creation comprises a few 70 line drawings and a Preface via Martin Kemp, one of many world's major specialists on Leonardo.

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