Leonardo da Vinci, Volume 1 (Temporis Collection) by Eugène Müntz

By Eugène Müntz

"Studying nature with ardour, and all of the independence right to his personality, he couldn't fail to mix precision with liberty, and fact with attractiveness. it truly is during this ultimate emancipation, this excellent mastery of modelling, of illumination, and of expression, this breadth and freedom, that the master's raison d'être and glory consist. Others can have struck out new paths additionally; yet none travelled additional or fastened larger than he." (Eugène Müntz)

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Tuscan painter, Madonna and All evidence is unanimous in showing that as a child he had a gift for the exact sciences. His entry into Child with Saint John the Baptist Verrocchio’s studio confirmed these tastes, which, in him, were combined with an irresistible vocation for art. and Two Angels, first decade of We know that Verrocchio was a passionate student of geometry and perspective, but whatever he may have the 16 century. done for his pupil, the latter was above all things the son of his works.

Project of Leonardo. His method was that of Darwin: proceeding by Museo Nazionale della Scienza e extraordinary subtlety of analysis, not fearing to be della Tecnologia, Milan. diffuse, fixing upon some infinitely minute fact, such as the role of the earthworm in the construction and renewal 56 40. Machine for Ropes, c. 1513-1516. 2 cm. apparently unimportant pieces of evidence, leading up to Biblioteca Ambrosiana, Milan. some final law. ). He worked hard at this task, in 1508, for instance, during a stay in Florence.

Qxp Page 51 THE POET, THE THINKER AND THE MAN OF SCIENCE At this period, as both before and since, Florence triumphed by virtue of her untiring spirit of criticism (which degenerated too often into raillery and scepticism), and her methodical and strenuous work. She lacked the candour, the audacity, and the illusions – I might almost say the hallucinations – of youth. She placed sentiment and imagination in the second rank. Now, whatever may be said, it is quite certain that without a slight touch, at least, of the feverish and the morbid, even men of science would never arrive at those inspirations and intuitions that so often distance reason and clear centuries at a bound.

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