Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci, 1452 - 1519
Self-portrait in red chalk (ca. 1512-1515)
Born: 15 April 1452, Vinci, Fiorenza
Died: 2 May 1519, Amboise, Louraine, France
Leonardo was the illegitimate son of Ser piero da Vinci. He was apprenticed to the artist Andrea del Verrocchio, but soon developed his own style which became the High Renaissance standard when Michaelangelo and Raphael adopted it twenty years later. His primary work was art, but his imaginative and inventive mind let him serve, at various times, as an inventor, scientist, engineer, architect, painter, sculptor, musician, mathematician, anatomist, astronomer, geologists, biologist, and philosopher. He wrote the first textbook of human anatomy and was the first to comprehend that the light of the moon was reflected sunlight. He flitted from one thought to another with great speed, finishing very little, the ultimate poster child for Attention Deficit Disorder, but I'm not sure there has been another human mind of such insight and range.
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- A good painter is to paint two main things, namely, man and the workings of man's mind. The first is easy, the second difficult. permalink
- A gray day provides the best light. permalink
- A painter should begin every canvas with a wash of black, because all things in nature are dark except where exposed by the light. permalink
- A painter was asked why, since he made such beautiful figures, which were but dead things, his children were so ugly; to which the painter replied that he made his pictures by day, and his children by night. permalink
- All our knowledge has its origin in our perceptions. permalink
- All our knowledge originates in opinion. permalink
Leonardo da Vinci's Note-Books, edited by Edward MacCurdy (1906)
- Although nature commences with reason and ends in experience it is necessary for us to do the opposite, that is to commence with experience and from this to proceed to investigate the reason. permalink
- An artist's studio should be a small space because small rooms discipline the mind and large ones distract it. permalink
- Anyone who in discussion relies upon authority uses, not his understanding, but his memory. permalink
Notebooks, translated by Jean Paul Richter (ca. 1500)
- Art is never finished, only abandoned. permalink
- Art lives from constraints and dies from freedom. permalink
- As a well spent day brings happy sleep, so life well used brings happy death. permalink
- As every divided kingdom falls, so every mind divided between many studies confounds and saps itself. permalink
- As iron rusts from disuse, and still water becomes stagnant, so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind. permalink
- Ask counsel of him who rules himself well. permalink
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