Léonard de Vinci
Leonardo da Vinci, or the mythical, almost frightening incarnation of genius and universal genius: "no man came into the world who knew as much as Leonardo," said Francis I, hardly denied by posterity, even if it consecrated the artist before discovering the scientist at the end of the 18th century.
But myth did not kill man, as Leonardo left traces of his peregrinations in Renaissance Italy. From this natural child, born in the village of Vinci, who became a master to whom the powerful make their love, we discover day after day the hopes, projects, toquads, but also the contradictions: prodigal with his lovers, Leonard keeps the accounts of his daily expenses with the precision of a loan shark. An ardent promoter of intellectual freedom, he nevertheless puts himself in the service of tyrants whom he hastily abandons when they fall into disgrace. And when he tackles large murals promised to eternity, he experiments with new techniques that will lead these works to ruin.
Perhaps this is the common thread of Leonardo's life: always dreaming, always perfecting, always inventing, in the service of painting or mathematics, of the art of the engineer or that of the poet.
Until his death, he had little time to refine the unfinished work, like this final geometric demonstration that closed his notebooks, interrupted, wrote the old man, "because the soup was getting cold".
- Dimensions :
- 16,5 x 22,1 x 3 cm
- EAN :
- Reference :
- Author :
- Vecce, Carlo