Introducing Leonardo da Vinci

In her weekly column, Aoife shares her annotated research links on the ultimate Renaissance man: Leonardo da Vinci.

Hi All. This week's Links list is dedicated to that fascinating and probably original Renaissance Man, Leonardo da Vinci.

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Da Vinci Store Wood Model Kits
(Site Excerpt) Leonardo da Vinci was one of the greatest inventor-scientists of recorded history. His genius was unbounded by time and technology, and was driven by his insatiable curiosity, and his intuitive sense of the laws of nature. Dedicated to discovery of truth and the mysteries of nature, Da Vinci's contributions to science and technology helped set an ignorant and superstitous world on a course of reason. He was the architypical renaissance man. In the spirit of Da Vinci's creative, analytic, and visionary inventiveness, we bring to you these wood model kits, scale reproductions of objects from the early years of modern technology.

Leonardo Da Vinci Scientist, Inventor, Artist
(Site Excerpt) The illegitimate son of a 25-year-old notary, Ser Piero, and a peasant girl, Caterina, Leonardo was born on April 15, 1452, in Vinci, Italy, just outside Florence. His father took custody of the little fellow shortly after his birth, while his mother married someone else and moved to a neighboring town. They kept on having kids, although not with each other, and they eventually supplied him with a total of 17 half sisters and brothers.Growing up in his father's Vinci home, Leonardo had access to scholarly texts owned by family and friends.

Investigating Ariel Perspective (Sfumato)
(Site Excerpt) Leonardo was fascinated by the atmosphere and by its effects on the colors and distinctness of distant objects. Though other artists had already begun to create some of these effects in their work, Leonardo was the first to make careful measurements and suggest rules for applying them realistically in painting. He called the subject aerial perspective.In morning light Leonardo observed that distant objects such as mountains look bluer and less distinct than nearby mountains. He also noted that the more distant the mountain, the more its color approached that of the surrounding atmosphere.

Webmuseum Leonardo Da Vinci
(Site Excerpt) Timeline: The High Renaissance The first object of the painter is to make a flat plane appear as a body in relief and projecting from that plane. -- Leonardo da Vinci
Leonardo DA VINCI (b. 1452, Vinci, Republic of Florence [now in Italy]--d. May 2, 1519, Cloux, Fr.), Italian painter, draftsman, sculptor, architect, and engineer whose genius, perhaps more than that of any other figure, epitomized the Renaissance humanist ideal.

The Adoration of the Magi

The Drawings of Leonardo Da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
(Site Excerpt) Discover Leonardo da Vinci a man well beyond his time. This site contains pictures and biographical facts about Leonardo you'll find nowhere else. Leonardo da Vinci was a renaissance painter, architect, engineer, mathematician and philosopher. He was the greatest genius the world has ever seen. Start your virtual trip at Leonardo da Vinci's natal place in Anchiano (Italy).

Museo di Vinci Leonardo's Hometown

Artcyclopedia Leonardo da Vinci Online
(Site Excerpt) . Also known as: Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci . Relationships: Uncle of Pierino da Vinci. Studied under Andrea del Verrocchio. Leonardo's students included Andrea Solario, Bernardino Luini, Cesare da Sesto, Francesco Melzi and Giovanni Antonio Boltraffio. Museums and Art Galleries (follows a lis tof museums which showcase da Vinci's work)

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Leonardo da Vinci as Paleontologist and Archaeologist
It may seem unusual to include Leonardo da Vinci in a list of paleontologists and evolutionary biologists. Leonardo was and is best known as an artist, the creator of such masterpieces as the Mona Lisa, Madonna of the Rocks, and The Last Supper. Yet Leonardo was far more than a great artist: he had one of the best scientific minds of his time. He made painstaking observations and carried out research in fields ranging from architecture and civil engineering to astronomy to anatomy and zoology to geography, geology and paleontology. In the words of his biographer Giorgio Vasari:

The most heavenly gifts seem to be showered on certain human beings. Sometimes supernaturally, marvelously, they all congregate in one individual. . . . This was seen and acknowledged by all men in the case of Leonardo da Vinci, who had. . . an indescribable grace in every effortless act and deed. His talent was so rare that he mastered any subject to which he turned his attention. . . . He might have been a scientist if he had not been so versatile.

Leonardo da Vinci Museum
(Site Excerpt) The original "Renaissance Man", Leonardo da Vinci was a great painter, designer, scientist, futurist and thinker. His works are even more popular now than they were in his day. View one of the wings of the gallery:
East Wing: Oil Paintings including "Mona Lisa" and "The Last Supper". West Wing: Engineering and Futuristic Designs, including fantastic weapons and several flying machines.
North Wing: Drawings and Sketches, including illustrations, anatomical sketches and unfinished works.
South Wing: Life and Times of Leonardo da Vinci, a historical exhibit.

Leonardo da Vinci Art Images (OCAIW) 1

Leonardo's Codex, a Masterpiece of Science
(who here is surprised that it's owned by Bill Gates? :)
(Site Excerpt) This is an exhibition of the only manuscript by Leonardo da Vinci (1452 - 1519) still in private hands and the only one in America. The presentation offers an in-depth view of the scientific thinking of one of the greatest geniuses in the history of the western world. The Codex Leicester, written between 1506 and 1510, opens a window onto the mind of the awe-inspiring Renaissance artist, scientist, and thinker, while illuminating both the scientific process itself and the creativity of that process. The manuscript, which is on loan from William H. Gates III, reveals Leonardo as a man of transcendent brilliance.

Medieval Sourcebook: Giorgio Vasari: Life of Leonardo da Vinci 1550
(Site Excerpt) Giorgio Vasari (1511-1574) wrote about hundreds of artists in his Lives of the Most Eminent Italian Architects, Painters, and Sculptors, which he published first in 1550, and in a revised edition in 1568. LIFE OF LEONARDO DA VINCI: Painter and Sculptor of Florence The greatest gifts are often seen, in the course of nature, rained by celestial influences on human creatures; and sometimes, in supernatural fashion, beauty, grace, and talent are united beyond measure in one single person, in a manner that to whatever such an one turns his attention, his every action is so divine, that, surpassing all other men, it makes itself clearly known as a thing bestowed by God (as it is), and not acquired by human art.

Leonardo da Vinci, Master Draftsman (from the Met) 11D6-9419-00902786BF44%7D
(Site Excerpt) Please note that the Metropolitan Museum has expanded the visiting hours for the final weekend of "Leonardo da Vinci" until 10:00 p.m. on both Saturday, March 29, and Sunday, March 30. The first comprehensive survey of Leonardo da Vinci's drawings ever presented in America, this international loan exhibition brings together nearly 120 works of extraordinary beauty by one of the great masters of all time.

Innovative Engineers of Renaissance - Leonardo
(Site Excerpt) Leonardo da Vinci is celebrated as the inventor of extraordinary machines and mechanical devices that entered the common heritage of technical culture only several centuries after his death. However, a close examination of the history of technology from the late fourteenth century to the end of the fifteenth century reveals that the "Leonardo phenomenon" was the logical outcome of a development of engineering and technical skills to which other talented figures contributed as well.

Leonardo da Vinci and the Brain
(Site Excerpt) Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) made far-reaching contributions in many areas of science, technology and art. Leonardo's pioneering research into the brain led him to make discoveries in neuroanatomy (such as the maxillary antrum) and neurophysiology (he was the first to pith a frog). His injection of hot wax into the brain of an ox provided a cast of the ventricles and represents the first known use of a solidifying medium to define the shape and size of an internal body structure. Leonardo developed an original, mechanistic model of sensory physiology. He undertook his research with the broad goal of providing physical explanations of how the brain processes visual and other sensory input, and integrates that information via the soul.

The Anotomical Drawings of Leonardo da Vinci
(Site Excerpt) While it is the paintings of Leonardo that have brought him fame over the years, the full range of his talent can best be seen in his drawings. His many drawings and notes, at least the ones that have survived, have become the basis for the modern scientific illustration, especially important in the field of anatomy. Leonardo's anatomical studies, while great works of art in themselves, were used not only as tools to aid in his artistic understanding of the human form, but also as a means of scientific exploration of human functions. Da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci the Painter .html
(Site excerpt) If there is anyone who seems to embody the Renaissance completely and totally, it is this grouchy and self-centered painter, scholar, inventor, scientist, writer, anatomist, etc. He seems to span the whole of human knowledge as it was known at the time, and combine all this knowledge into one vast, syncretic whole. For all his genius, however, he could never really finish very many projects, nor did he ever actually construct most of his inventions. Strewn through his notebooks is a small unfinished treatise on painting. The first part of the treatise signals a major shift in the European world view, one that more than anything else establishes the character of the Renaissance and its inheritance. The first part of the treatise printed here is meant to justify linear perspective; the second part explains how linear perspective is made possible. Linear perspective isn't really just a painting technology that previous generations were too stupid to invent; rather it is based on a world view, one that remaps the human landscape to privilege human beings and the uniquely human perspective (as opposed to the divine perspective). This new world view is also based on new theories of "visibility," which are expressed in the chapter "Linear Perspective

Leonardo da Vinci's Polyhydra
(Site Excerpt) Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) was the quintessential renaissance man: artist, mathematician, scientist, and engineer. He was a great lover of geometry, and devoted much time to it starting in his early forties. His most outstanding polyhedral accomplishment is the illustrations for Luca Pacioli's 1509 book The Divine Proportion. At right is one of the illustrations from that book. The term Ycocedron Abscisus in the title plaque means truncated icosahedron, and the term Vacuus refers to the fact that the faces are hollow. (The drawings are beautifully hand colored like this in the Ambrosiana manuscript, reprinted by Officina Bodoni, 1956, and also by Silvana Editoriale, 1982.)

Project Gutenberg Presents
The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci (complete) by Leonardo da Vinci

translated by Mrs. R. C. Bell and E. J. Poynter, edited by Jean Paul Richter
Download the etext in the format you prefer from Ibiblio or an alternate site (sites linked)

Leonardo da Vinci Quotes
(Site excerpt sample quote)Iron rusts from disue; stagnant water loses its purity and in cold weather becomes frozen; even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind.
Leonardo da Vinci, The Notebooks

more sights of Vinci, Italy

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