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This Powerpoint slideshow presentation looks at a selection of Leonardo da Vinci's drawings. More than his paintings, his drawings give us a much better understanding of Leonardo. He was centuries ahead of his time. His studies on anatomy is amazing in a time when people was put into prison for dissecting a corpse. He must have knowledge of things that he was unable to tell for the fear of treading on the establishment of his days. Leonardo da Vinci died about 500 years ago. His drawings travelled through time from the past to us today. It tells us of his journey through life. It was a journey of trying to make sense of world around us. I the infinite depth of time, one day his work will be forgotten and his understandings will be a mere drop in the ocean of knowledge that we have accumulated

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First created 2 Apr 2012. Version 1.1 - 8 Jan 2016. Jerry Tse . London . Leonardo da Vinci All rights reserved. Rights belong to their respective owners. Available free for non-commercial and personal use. His drawings – A Quest for Knowledge

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No drawing of any other artist has attracted so much attentions as Leonardo’s drawings. It is due to the scope of his interests in painting, sculpture, engineering, botany, mapmaking, hydraulics and anatomy. This sets him apart from other artists. His drawings outnumbered his paintings many times, providing us insights into the mind of Leonardo. He simply saw art and science as different sides of the same coin. “ The painter has the Universe in his mind and hand.” – Leonardo da Vinci . Drawing of Two Maintain Ranges. c1511. Royal Library. Windsor Castle. United Kingdom. Classical

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Landscape Arno Landscape. August 1473. Gallerie degli Uffizi . Florence.

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Mapmaking Bird’s-Eye view of a Landscape. 1502. Royal Library. Windsor Castle. United Kingdom.

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Horse Studies. c1480. Royal Library. Windsor Castle. United Kingdom. Animal

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Animal Study of the Paw of a Dog or Wolf. c1480. National Gallery of Scotland. United Kingdom.

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Animal Study for the Trivulzio Monument. C1508-11. Royal Library. Windsor Castle. United Kingdom.

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Leonardo did a series of drapery studies. He went to extraordinary length to produce these beautiful images of light falling onto linen. Some of these studies became parts of the finished paintings. According to Giorgio Vasari (1511-1574), Leonardo sometimes “made clay models, draping the figure with rags dipped in plaster, and draw them painstakingly on fine Rheims cloth or prepared linen”. c1475-78. Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. Drapery Studies

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Drapery Studies c1472-75. Musee du Louvre. Paris.

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Drapery Studies c1475-80. Musee du Louvre. Paris.

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Drapery Studies c1475-80. Royal Library, Windsor Castle, England.

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Drapery Studies c1475-76. Institut Neerlandaise, Paris.

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Drapery Studies c1475. Princeton, New Jersey. US.

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Antique Warrior. c1472. British Museum, London. Portraiture

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Portraiture A young Woman in Profile. c1488. Royal Library, Windsor Castle. UK.

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Portraiture Study of the Infant Christ. C1501-10. Gallerie dell’Accademia. Venice.

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Portraiture Studies of a Male Nude (Front and back). c1503-09. Royal Library, Windsor Castle.

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Portraiture Head of a Man and a Lion. 1503-05. Royal Library. Windsor Castle. UK.

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Portraiture Older Man in Profile. c1510. Royal Library. Windsor Castle. UK.

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Portraiture A Bearded Man. c1513. Royal Library. Windsor Castle. UK.

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Anatomical figure showing the heart, liver, kidneys and main blood vessels. c1490. Royal Library. Windsor Castle. UK. Anatomy

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Anatomy Human Skull in Sagittal Section with Cranial Nerves. c1490. Royal Library. Windsor Castle. UK.

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Anatomy Leg Muscles. c1507-10. Royal Library. Windsor Castle. UK.

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Anatomy Organs of the Chest and Abdomen and the Vascular System of a Woman. c1508. Royal Library. Windsor Castle. UK.

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Anatomy The Lungs, Heart and Abdominal Organs of a Pig. c1508. Royal Library. Windsor Castle. UK.

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Anatomy The “Instruments” of Breathing, Swallowing and Speaking (Uvula, Pharynx, Tongue with Trachea, Larynx and Oesophagus). c1509-10. Royal Library. Windsor Castle. UK.

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Anatomy Anatomical Studies of the Developing Foetus and Foetus in the Womb. c1510. Royal Library. Windsor Castle. UK.

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Study of a Lily. c1480-85. Royal Library. Windsor Castle. UK. The Annunication (Detail). c1472-75. Galleria degli Uffizi. Florence. Studies of paintings

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Studies for paintings The Virgin of the Rocks (Detail Angel). c1483-55. Musee du Louvre. Paris. c1483. Biblioteca Reale. Turin.

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Studies for paintings The Virgin of the Rocks (Detail Angel’s hand). c1483-55. Musee du Louvre. Paris. c1483. Royal Library. Windsor Cattle. UK.

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Studies for paintings Madonna Litta (Detail). c1490-91. The State Hermitage. St Petersburg. c1490. Musee du Louvre. Paris.

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Studies for paintings Studies of the Heads of Two Soldiers. c1503-04. Szepmuveszeti, Museum. Budapest. Battle of Anghiari. 1503-05. copy by an unknown artist after Leonardo da Vinci. Musee de Louvre. Paris.

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Studies for paintings The Virgin and Child with St Anne (Detail). 1508-1513. Musee de Louvre. Paris. c1501-1510. Royal Library. Windsor Castle, United Kingdom.

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Studies for paintings The Virgin and Child with St Anne (Detail). 1508-1513. Musee de Louvre. Paris. c1501-1511. Musee de Louvre. Paris.

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Studies for paintings The Virgin and Child with St Anne (Detail). 1508-1513. Musee de Louvre. Paris. The Virgin and Child with St Anne and the Young St John the Baptist. c1501. National Gallery. London.

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Studies for paintings Head of Leda. C1505-10. Royal Library. Windsor Castle. UK Leda and the Swan (Detail). 1508. Cesare da Sesto after Leonardo da Vinci. Wilton House. Salisbury. Wiltshire. UK

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Study for a Building on a Centralized Plan. c1487-90. Bibliotheque de l’Institut de France. Architecture

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Study of a Multi-barrels Guns. c1482. Biblioteca Ambrosiana. Milan. Science and Engineering

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Science and Engineering Drawing of military machines. c1487-90. Royal Library, Window Castle. United Kingdom.

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Science and Engineering Design for a Shrapnel Mortar (with explosive shell). c1495-99. Biblioteca Ambrosiana. Milan.

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Science and Engineering Study of the Mechanical Power of a Spring. c1493-97. Biblioteca Nacional. Madrid.

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Science and Engineering Deluge over the Sea. c1515. Royal Library, Window Castle. United Kingdom.

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“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” Leonardo da Vinci. The Proportions of the Human Figure (Homo Vitruvianus). 1490. Gallerie dell’Accademia. Venice. This drawing depicts the ideal proportions of a man, as described by the ancient Roman architect Vitruvius. Many attempts before Leonard failed to fit a circle and a square onto the man. Leonardo solved the problem by separated the centre of the circle from that of the square This drawing also summarises Leonardo’s view of the world that art (‘beauty’) and science (‘measurement based studies’) are different sides of the same coin. It is his attempt to relate man to nature. Vitruvian Man

Timeline Renaissance Painters:

Timeline Renaissance Painters Leonardo contemporaries

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All rights reserved. Rights belong to their respective owners. Available free for non-commercial and personal use. Music – Enya To Go Beyond (1986). “One can have no smaller or greater mastery than mastery of oneself.” Leonardo da Vinci. The Virgin and St Anne (detail). c1501. National Gallery, London. The End

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