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This paper discusses the method and style of Leonardo da Vincin's paintings. First, the paper describes Leonardo's philosophical outlook on painting. It also compares his outlook on painting to poetry. Then, it examines his beliefs regarding the task of the painter, which is not mere reproduction of nature. Then, the paper presents an exploration of Leonardo's studies and sketches of nature as opposed to producing artistic works, such as large scale paintings. Finally, the paper analyzes Leonardo's philosophy about nature. This includes a consideration of the interplay between nature and art. The paper concludes by stating that Leonardo's preoccupation with his research is not an abandonment of art but an effort to improve it.
From the Paper:"For Leonardo painting is superior to all other forms of artistic expression. It is "more beautiful, more imaginative" and is "adorned with infinite possibilities" than any other art (Leonardo, pp. 207-8). Unlike music, second to painting, it does not fade away as it is produced but is capable of preserving "the transient beauty of mortals" where even nature, in its regular course, would make it age and wither (Leonardo, p. 197). Only the painter, that "lord of all types of people and of all things" is capable of presenting a harmonious composition and a narrative in its wholeness, all at once before one's eye, "just as things in nature", without a lack in rhythmical composition and avoiding the composer's vile - repetition (Leonardo, pp. 194-5, 198). The poet, too, being unable to represent the visible in its wholeness, also lacks the musician's access to harmony, i.e. saying several things at the same time (Leonardo, p. 194). Sculpture arguably takes the lowest position in Leonardo's hierarchy of arts: like painting it relies on the visual perception and so, providing more cues for comparison with the former, it falls out of the competition faster; for, according to Leonardo, besides offering a greater endurance, it excels in nothing else..."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Leonardo da Vinci (2008). Leonardo da Vinci: Notebooks. Eds. Irma A. Richter, Martin Kemp. Oxford University Press.
Cite this Analytical Essay:
Leonardo's Method (2012, July 18) Retrieved September 28, 2023, from https://www.academon.com/analytical-essay/leonardo-method-151612/
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