Giunti Editore, 1999 - 191 頁
Leonardo da Vinci is, undeniably, one of the most famous men in the history of the world - architect and sculptor, painter and engineer, writer and student of anatomy - his was a genius such as the world may never know again. Yet little is known about his personal life - even to his contemporaries Leonardo was considered a mystery. Magnificently illustrated, this volume offers readers an unparalleled reconstruction of Da Vinci¿s life and times based only on what is considered by scholars to be reliable information - much of it drawn from the National Edition of the Manuscripts and Drawings of Leonardo da Vinci, the Italian collection of all da Vinci¿s drawings and codices which Giunti was entrusted with editing and reproducing by Decree of the Republic of Italy from 1964 onwards.

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第 11 頁 - It seems that I was always destined to be so deeply concerned with vultures; for I recall as one of my very earliest memories that while I was in my cradle a vulture came down to me, and opened my mouth with its tail, and struck me many times with its tail against my lips.
第 172 頁 - Leonardo showed the Cardinal three pictures; one of a certain Florentine lady, done from the life, at the instance of the late Magnificent, Giuliano de...
第 44 頁 - ... 10. In time of peace I believe that I can give you as complete satisfaction as anyone else in architecture in the construction of buildings both public and private, and in conducting water from one place to another. Also I can execute sculpture in marble, bronze, or clay, and also painting, in which my work will stand comparison with that of anyone else, whoever he may be. Moreover, I would undertake the work of the bronze horse, which shall...
第 83 頁 - ... work, down to the smallest details, displays incredible diligence, even the texture of the tablecloth being clearly visible so that actual cambric would not look more real. It is said that the prior incessantly importuned Leonardo to finish the work, thinking it strange that the artist should pass half a day at a time lost in thought. He would have desired him never to lay down the brush, as if he were digging a garden. Seeing that his importunity produced no effect, he had recourse to the duke,...
第 157 頁 - He formed a paste of a certain kind of wax, as he walked he shaped animals very thin and full of wind, and by blowing into them, made them fly through the air, but when the wind ceased they fell to the ground. On the back of a most bizarre lizard, found by the vine-dresser of the Belvedere, he fixed, with a mixture of quicksilver, wings composed of scales stripped from other lizards, which, as it walked, quivered with the motion; and having given it eyes...
第 81 頁 - One who was drinking has left the glass where it was and turned his head towards the speaker. Another twists the, fingers of his hands together and turns with set brows to his companion.
第 82 頁 - Many a time I have seen Leonardo go early in the morning to work on the platform before the 'Last Supper'; and there he would stay from sunrise till darkness, never laying down the brush, but continuing to paint without eating or drinking. Then three or four days would pass without his touching the work , yet each day he would spend several hours examining it and criticizing the figures to himself.
第 80 頁 - Leonardo, to paint the scene of the Last Supper on the wall of the Refectory of Santa Maria delle Grazie, formed part of a vaster project promot6 . Last Supper, 1495-1498; Milan, Refectory of Santa Maria delle Grazie.
第 172 頁 - This gentleman has compiled a particular treatise of anatomy, with the demonstration in draft not only of the members, but also of the muscles, nerves, veins, joints, intestines, and of whatever can be reasoned about in the bodies both of men and women, in a way that has never yet been done by any other person. All which we have seen with our eyes; and he said that he has already dissected more than thirty bodies, both men and women of all ages.
第 64 頁 - I put the money away to pay for the things named he stole the money from my purse, and it was never possible to make him confess, although I was absolutely sure of it (marginal note: 4 Lira ...)." So the report continues concerning the misdeeds of the little boy and concludes with the expense account: "In the first year, a cloak, Lira 2: 6 shirts, Lira 4: 3 jackets, Lira 6: 4 pair of socks, Lira 7, etc.