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By Eugène Müntz

"Studying nature with ardour, and the entire independence right to his personality, he couldn't fail to mix precision with liberty, and fact with good looks. it really is during this ultimate emancipation, this ideal 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 better than he." (Eugène Müntz)

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Right here back we come across ants, bees, rams, cows, goats, donkeys, nuts, olives, chestnuts, cats, mice, etc. “We shall see,” says Leonardo, “the nourishment of animals coming into via their dermis with no passing throughout the mouth, and popping out on the contrary part to fall at the flooring (Explanation: sieves). The bones of the useless come to a decision the fortunes of these who deal with them through their swift activities (dice). ” right here back we need to do with an outdated and famous e-book, for we discover at the very least one in every of Leonardo’s enigmas within the Notti of his compatriot Straparola, who issued his Sonetti, Strambotti, Epistole et Capitoli as early as 1508. The sonnet which concludes the 3rd tale of the 5th Notte runs upon the transformation into cube of useless men’s bones. We may well pass judgement on from those few extracts how attention-grabbing the poems in prose of Leonardo are, and the way, if the plastic conciseness and stirring eloquence of Michelangelo are absent, we discover as an alternative an excellent wealth of images and the artwork of rendering in phrases results that had formerly been limited to portray. every little thing in them is essentially felt and saw, characteristics too infrequent within the subtle and synthetic literature of sixteenth-century Italy to be omitted in silence. facet through facet with the poet we discover the moralist and philosopher. within the Codex Atlanticus, we discover this maxim, touched a bit with bitterness, set down in reference to 20. guy close to a fireplace and Poetic reviews. an tool for measuring time: “We needs to make this device to be able to divide the hours, in order that this Pen and ink, 14 x 15. 7 cm. lifetime of distress is probably not fullyyt wasted, and that our reminiscence would possibly not fade from the minds of guys. ” Biblioteca Reale, Turin. 33 TS 1:55 PM8/12/2006 web page 34 9:45 AM TS Da Da Vinci Vinci V-2 ENG 4C. qxp V-2 P-OK6/21/2006 15 June 06. qxp web page 34 “Much more than the distinction mirrored upon mortals via their wealth is that which comes from advantage (or talent). what number princes and emperors have disappeared and are forgotten! ... in case you excuse your self by way of invoking the need for delivering to your kids, good, they don't require a great deal; act so that they will be nourished via their virtues, for those are devoted riches that in basic terms hand over us with existence. should you positioned ahead the necessity for laying up cash opposed to your personal previous age, keep in mind that the learn of advantage won't ever fail you, yet will retain you usually younger, for the house of advantage is filled with goals and illusions. ” somewhere else he says: “Every sick leaves a pang in the reminiscence, other than the splendid sick, loss of life, which destroys reminiscence including existence. ” We can also quote this creative comparability: “A vase probably mended for those who holiday it sooner than it is going to the oven; afterwards, all upkeep are very unlikely. ” far and wide we discover the noblest spirituality, and spirituality based upon the widest clinical exploration undertaken by way of any human head because the days of Aristotle; at one time, he publicizes “that bodies are topic to heaven, and that heaven itself is topic to the mind”; at one other, “that mortal attractiveness passes away, yet production of artwork endures”.

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