Leonardo Da Vinci: A Life[ LEONARDO DA VINCI: A LIFE ] by Nuland, Sherwin B. (Author) Jan-01-05[ Paperback ]

Leonardo Da Vinci: A Life[ LEONARDO DA VINCI: A LIFE ] by Nuland, Sherwin B. (Author) Jan-01-05[ Paperback ]

Language: English

Pages: 170


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The author of How We Die tackles the life of Leonardo da Vinci, sharing clues to unlock the secret of the great Renaissance man's love of art and science. Reprint.
Title: Leonardo Da Vinci
Author: Nuland, Sherwin B.
Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Publication Date: 2005/01/30
Number of Pages: 170
Binding Type: PAPERBACK
Library of Congress: oc2007113477

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and undertook to pay all of their expenses as well. Vasari describes the course of events that followed:  He kept them attending on him a long while. At last he made a cartoon [a drawing to be used as model for the final work] with the Madonna, Saint Anne, and the infant Christ so admirably depicted that not only were artists astonished, but the chamber where it stood was crowded with men and women for two days, all hastening to behold the wonders produced by Leonardo. . . . Leonardo then painted

every true scientist of every era, he was taught by nature, and determined never consciously to allow himself to be slave to the thinking of the past. That the past sometimes entered unknowingly into his interpretations of what he saw should not blind us to the detachment with which he attempted to make his observations. His writings refer only infrequently to the great men of antiquity. He fought powerfully against the unseen temptations of his intellectual heritage, and won far more often than

instances, in bound volumes of numbered pages, where one finds the instruction “turn over,” and “this is the continuation of the previous page.” There is no punctuation, no accenting, and a proclivity toward running several short words together into one long one. Just as likely to be encountered is the division of a long word into halves. And once in a while, one comes across words or proper names in which the order of the letters is scrambled, as though in great haste. Some of the letters and

be the reason that he was unable to study them with his usual meticulous care. Even the great Vincian must have had a threshold for the “natural repugnance” about which he warned would-be dissectors. But Leonardo did accurately describe the act of swallowing and the passage of food as it bypasses the windpipe to enter the esophagus. And he made one other observation that had been missed by every one of his predecessors: He knew of the existence of the appendix, and drew it very clearly. Not

from what was more probably a fantasy than a memory, and elaborating on the vulture image in ancient mythological sources, Freud erroneously found support for his construction that Leonardo had been raised precisely as he theorized. Still, Leonardo’s recollection can be understood as a fellatio fantasy, even if it does not substantiate much else in Freud’s argument; and still, it is probable that Leonardo was a homosexual; and still, there is no indication that he ever functioned sexually. We

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