Da Vinci

Da Vinci
Title Da Vinci PDF eBook
Author Yves Pinguilly
Publisher Chelsea House
Pages 59
Release 1993-01
Genre Juvenile Nonfiction
ISBN 9780791028087

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Fascinated by the Mona Lisa, a young girl asks her uncle about the man who painted it. So begins a lively exchange of letters in which she is instructed about the life & work of the immensely gifted Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci.

Artists' Letters

Artists' Letters
Title Artists' Letters PDF eBook
Author Michael Bird
Publisher White Lion Publishing
Pages 227
Release 2019-10-22
Genre Art
ISBN 0711241287

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Artists’ Letters is a treasure trove of carefully selected letters written by great artists, providing the reader with a unique insight into their characters and a glimpse into their lives. Arranged thematically, it includes writings and musings on love, work, daily life, money, travel and the creative process. On the theme of friendship, for example, letters provide evidence of a creative community between peers, with support and mutual appreciation that helps to dispel the myth of the artist as solitary genius. Letters between Vincent van Gogh and Paul Gauguin show an ongoing conversation and exchange of ideas. We see mutual admiration between Claude Monet and Berthe Morisot, and Picasso’s quick notes to Jean Cocteau illustrate their closeness. Correspondence, some of which includes sketches and drawings, is reproduced with the transcript and some background and contextual information alongside. The book brings together a collection of treasures found in letters, which in our digital age are an increasingly lost art.

Leonardo on Painting

Leonardo on Painting
Title Leonardo on Painting PDF eBook
Author Leonardo
Publisher Yale University Press
Pages 340
Release 2001-01-01
Genre Art
ISBN 9780300090956

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This is a selection of Leonardo da Vinci's writings on painting. Martin Kemp and Margaret Walker have edited material not only from his so-called Treatise on Painting but also from his surviving manuscripts and from other primary sources.

The Shadow Drawing

The Shadow Drawing
Title The Shadow Drawing PDF eBook
Author Francesca Fiorani
Publisher Macmillan + ORM
Pages 371
Release 2020-11-17
Genre Art
ISBN 0374715297

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"[The Shadow Drawing] reorients our perspective, distills a life and brings it into focus—the very work of revision and refining that its subject loved best." —Parul Sehgal, The New York Times | Editors' Choice An entirely new account of Leonardo the artist and Leonardo the scientist, and why they were one and the same man Leonardo da Vinci has long been celebrated for his consummate genius. He was the painter who gave us the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper, and the inventor who anticipated the advent of airplanes, hot air balloons, and other technological marvels. But what was the connection between Leonardo the painter and Leonardo the scientist? Historians of Renaissance art have long supposed that Leonardo became increasingly interested in science as he grew older and turned his insatiable curiosity in new directions. They have argued that there are, in effect, two Leonardos—an artist and an inventor. In this pathbreaking new interpretation, the art historian Francesca Fiorani offers a different view. Taking a fresh look at Leonardo’s celebrated but challenging notebooks, as well as other sources, Fiorani argues that Leonardo became familiar with advanced thinking about human vision when he was still an apprentice in a Florence studio—and used his understanding of optical science to develop and perfect his painting techniques. For Leonardo, the task of the painter was to capture the interior life of a human subject, to paint the soul. And even at the outset of his career, he believed that mastering the scientific study of light, shadow, and the atmosphere was essential to doing so. Eventually, he set down these ideas in a book—A Treatise on Painting—that he considered his greatest achievement, though it would be disfigured, ignored, and lost in subsequent centuries. Ranging from the teeming streets of Florence to the most delicate brushstrokes on the surface of the Mona Lisa, The Shadow Drawing vividly reconstructs Leonardo’s life while teaching us to look anew at his greatest paintings. The result is both stirring biography and a bold reconsideration of how the Renaissance understood science and art—and of what was lost when that understanding was forgotten.

Codex on the Flight of Birds in the Royal Library At Turin

Codex on the Flight of Birds in the Royal Library At Turin
Title Codex on the Flight of Birds in the Royal Library At Turin PDF eBook
Author Leonardo (da Vinci)
Pages 89
Release 1893
Genre Birds

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Ike's Bluff

Ike's Bluff
Title Ike's Bluff PDF eBook
Author Evan Thomas
Publisher Little, Brown
Pages 365
Release 2012-09-25
Genre Biography & Autobiography
ISBN 0316217271

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Evan Thomas's startling account of how the underrated Dwight Eisenhower saved the world from nuclear holocaust. Upon assuming the presidency in 1953, Dwight Eisenhower set about to make good on his campaign promise to end the Korean War. Yet while Eisenhower was quickly viewed by many as a doddering lightweight, behind the bland smile and simple speech was a master tactician. To end the hostilities, Eisenhower would take a colossal risk by bluffing that he might use nuclear weapons against the Communist Chinese, while at the same time restraining his generals and advisors who favored the strikes. Ike's gamble was of such magnitude that there could be but two outcomes: thousands of lives saved, or millions of lives lost. A tense, vivid and revisionist account of a president who was then, and still is today, underestimated, Ike's Bluff is history at its most provocative and thrilling.

The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci

The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci
Title The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci PDF eBook
Author Leonardo (da Vinci.)
Publisher Prabhat Prakashan
Pages 534
Release 1960-01-01
Genre Self-Help

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