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A Treatise on Painting (Illustrated) Kindle Edition
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At the close of the eighteenth century, there were in this library thirteen volumes of Leonardo's, including the celebrated "Codice Atlantica," a book of huge size, containing 1750 sketches which had been collected by the sculptor Pompeo Leoni of Arezzo.
In 1796, Bonaparte seized these books and sent them to Paris, where they were placed in the Bibliotheque de l'Institut. After the Peace, in 1815, the "Codice Atlantico" was returned to the Ambrosian Library. The other twelve volumes still remain in Paris.
In the year 1651, a selection from these manuscripts of such passages as relate to the Art of Painting, came into the possession of Raphael du Fresno, who published them in the original Italian under the title of "Trattato della Pittura," accompanied by a series of engravings from outline drawings by Nicolas Poussin (to which shadows and backgrounds were added by Errard), and a set of geometrical designs by Alberti. In the same year, the work was translated into French by Roland Freard, Sieur de Chambray, and issued with the same plates.
In 1721, a translation into English--it is not known by whom--was published in London, and in 1796 another edition was printed, which was soon exhausted; for in the year 1802, Mr. John Francis Rigaud, a member of the Royal Academy, undertook to translate the work afresh, and to re-arrange the whole book so as to make it easier to reference; careful indexes were given, and the plates were re-engraved. This edition lasted till 1835, when a new one was issued by Messrs. Nichols and Son, to which was added a Life of Leonardo by Mr. John William Brown. This gentleman had the privilege of constant admittance not only to the private library of his Imperial and Royal Highness the Grand Duke of Tuscany, but also to his most rare and valuable collection of Manuscripts in the Palazzo Pitti, where he was permitted to copy from the original documents and correspondence whatever he conceived useful to his subject. He was enabled to produce what was then the most trustworthy Life of Leonardo that had ever appeared.
The 1835 edition of the "Treatise on Painting" has long been scarce. It is now reprinted, and the more recent facts which have been discovered concerning the life of Leonardo, and a full account of his manuscripts and his acknowledged paintings have been added.
Nicolas Poussin's drawings and Alberti's designs are reproduced, and great pains have been taken to make Leonardo's work as useful as possible to students of Art. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B06XMX8TWV
- Publisher : anna ruggieri (16 February 2017)
- Language : English
- File size : 2076 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 166 pages
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It is a book written for the Renaissance student of art and covers key topics of the day including perspective, optics, light and shade and how to render objects in a life like way. It deals primarily with the big themes of the day, battle scenes and portraits, although it doesn't include much on religious themes.
It is broken into several categories, such as colour, perspective, the perspective of colour etc, but there is a great deal of overlap in the writings. Because Leonardo himself only made rough notes with an eye to creating a final more polished work, which never happened, the compiler here has numbered paragraphs and ordered them in these categories. Whether this is as Leonardo envisaged it is almost impossible to say.
I cannot understand why the drawings are by Brunelleschi and Poussin when one thing we are not short of from Leonardo is drawings, particularly figure drawings, which is what most of the book is concerned with. I feel this really lets this down and is a definite weak moment.
The text is repetitive, dense and at times difficult to understand. I feel that this would only be helpful to you if you wanted to understand the minute technical cut and thrust of Leonardo's methods of painting or if you needed to reproduce them yourself, or if you are a Leonardo completist and want to read everything about him. Otherwise it is hard going and not particularly inspiring.