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Leonardo da Vinci's Visionary Notebooks Now Online: Browse 570 Digitized Pages

Leonardo da Vinci's Visionary Notebooks Now Online: Browse 570 Digitized Pages
Quick, what do you know about Leonardo da Vinci? He painted the Mona Lisa! He wrote his notes backwards! He designed supercool bridges and flying machines! He was a genius about, um… a lot of other… things… and, um, stuff... Okay, I’m sure you know a bit more than that, but unless you’re a Renaissance scholar, you’re certain to find yourself amazed and surprised at how much you didn’t know about the quintessential Renaissance man when you encounter a compilation of his notebooks—Codex Arundel—which has been digitized by the British Library and made available to the public. The notebook, writes Jonathan Jones at The Guardian, represents “the living record of a universal mind.” For hundreds of years, the huge, secretive collection of manuscripts remained mostly unseen by all but the most rarified of collectors. Related Content: Leonardo Da Vinci’s To Do List (Circa 1490) Is Much Cooler Than Yours Josh Jones is a writer and musician based in Durham, NC.

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Five Leonardo Scholars Selected Their Favorite Work by the Italian Master. None Picked 'Mona Lisa.' -ARTnews A 1512 self-portrait by Leonardo da Vinci at the Capitoline Museums in Rome. Leonardo fever is taking hold this season. Last month, the Louvre opened its hotly anticipated Leonardo da Vinci retrospective, and timed tickets are already selling out fast. Meanwhile, over at the Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea in Turin, Italy, a Leonardo project of a different sort—meticulous copy of the $450 million painting Salvator Mundi by artist Taner Ceylan—is now on view as well. As excitement and intrigue surrounding the Italian master continues to build, ARTnews asked five experts and scholars one seemingly simple question: What is your favorite Leonardo work? Their responses, which follow below, may surprise you.

Japanese Illustrated Books from the Edo and Meiji Periods The Freer|Sackler Library's collection of illustrated Japanese rare books includes over 1,000 volumes previously owned by Charles Lang Freer. Often filled with color illustrations, many are by famous artists such as Andō Hiroshige and Katsushika Hokusai. These beautiful woodblock printed works of art were published during the Edo and Meiji periods (1600-1912). Culture - The men who Leonardo da Vinci loved We know a great deal about Leonardo da Vinci’s interests in botany and human anatomy; about his explorations of flight, of war machines and the flow of water; of his skills as a painter, and even his reputation for leaving projects unfinished. But what do we know of the man, of his passions, of Leonardo in love? Leonardo left nothing that could be read directly as a diary or journal: his interest was in the outer, rather than the inner, world. Nevertheless, writers, from the 16th-Century biographer Giorgio Vasari to Sigmund Freud, have scoured the thousands of pages of written notes left by Leonardo for clues. More like this: - Gauguin’s beautiful and exploitative portraits

An Animated Introduction to the Existentialist Philosophy of Jean-Paul Sartre... and How It Can Open Our Eyes to Life's Possibilities Among the vogue names of midcentury Western philosophy, few ever rose to such cultural heights as that of Jean-Paul Sartre. Fans once dropped it whenever they could, and made sure to be seen reading Being and Nothingness wherever they could. But why did his particular ideas so captivate his readers, and what — now that French philosophy fever has, for the most part died down — do we still stand to gain from familiarizing ourselves with them? This six-and-a-half-minute animated Sartre primer from Alain de Botton's School of Life can get us started understanding them. Sartre's entry in the accompanying site The Book of Life breaks his existentialist philosophy down into four key insights: "Things are weirder than we think," "We are free," "We shouldn’t live in ‘Bad faith’," and "We’re free to dismantle Capitalism." On the most basic level, Sartre helps us realize that "things do not have to be the way they are."

Leonardo da Vinci 500 Years Later: Theories Still Abound Not surprisingly, the Mona Lisa has come in for the closest scrutiny by nonexpert experts. Hidden images in the painting have been found by many. Ron Piccirillo, an artist in Rochester, New York, has claimed on his website that when he looked at the painting upside down and followed “the highlights of her portrait,” he was able to spot “what turned out to be a lion’s head, an ape head and a buffalo head.” British Library posts 1 million copyright-free images online Elements of telegraphic style, 1928 Nelson E. Ross’s “small booklet” sets out the principles of sending telegrams “in the most economical manner possible,” so you can take full advantage of a communications medium that “annihilates distance and commands immediate attention.” Blumoo turns your mobile device into a universal remote and it's 47% off Why buy one of those expensive and confusing universal remotes, clogged with enough buttons to launch a space shuttle, when you could accomplish the same electronic control right on your favorite mobile device?

Leonardo da Vinci at the Louvre: His Life as a Painter Louis Frank, one of the organizers of the show and a curator of drawings at the Louvre, says the exhibition grew from “a need to understand who Leonardo was and to understand his work.” Leonardo’s artistic contributions marked the entry into modernity, the moment someone had surpassed the achievements of the ancient world. He was an artist who had “the capacity to imitate not only the exteriority of form but the interiority of life itself,” Frank says. Yale Center for British Art Releases Thousands of Public Domain Images This exciting news, in conjunction with Public Domain Day, comes to us from Melissa Fournier, Manager of Imaging Services and Intellectual Property at the Yale Center for British Art. We are pleased to share news from the Yale Center for British Art about the recent release of more than 22,000 additional high-resolution digital images of works in the public domain to our online collection. This new release contains a treasure trove of images of over 1,700 prints after works byLowering the barriers between [our] digitized resources and their users is critical for the advancement of knowledge.J. M. W. Turner, as well as masterpieces by William Blake, Thomas Rowlandson, and others.

Leonardo da Vinci, Louvre, Paris - Waldemar Januszczak This Leonardo show might be lacking in paintings, but it does have a surprise star As Leonardo da Vinci was a lover of the natural world, with a hard-core understanding of how nature works, he will not mind if I begin this response to the noisy retrospective that has arrived at the Louvre in Paris by comparing him to a cockroach. Not, of course, in terms of his brainpower, his skills, or his famous handsomeness. No similarities there. But there is one quality that he certainly shares with the unpopular insect: unkillability. The miracle of Da Vinci: turning a £45 oddity into a £341m old master - Waldemar Januszczak The record price paid last week for an atypical work by the Renaissance painter tells us more about hype than value in art Leonardo da Vinci had a big brain — we all know that. But back in around 1506, as he was dabbing away at a spooky little picture of Jesus Christ as Salvator Mundi, the saviour of the world, not even he could have foreseen that 500 years into the future the pint-sized Christ would smash the world record for a work of art at auction and that some rich schmuck on the phone would end up paying £341m ($450m including commission) for it.