Leonardo da Vinci Spirits of Invention
Leonardo da Vinci, a visionary and genius whose works have inspired - and repeatedly
amazed and baffled - engineers, scientists and artists to this day, is the most
prominent figure among the spirits of invention. The incredible wealth of his
creations - sketches, illustrations and technical drawings - confronts experts with
a conundrum. What influences from cultural history did Leonardo gather, redefine
through his inventive spirit and dramatize with such confidence? How do these
Renaissance impulses to survey and measure the world, to view it through the lens
of technology and to clothe it in a garment of data impact our world today? This
book offers soundly researched answers to these questions.
In this trip through time to the age of antiquity, to the medieval nomadic
cultures of Asia and to early modern times, Marc J. M. van den Broek
confronts Leonardo da Vinci′s legacy with artifacts from China, Arabia
and various Western cultures and discovers astonishing similarities.
With numerous comparisons of drawings and serial illustrations, he allows
readers to share in his discoveries step by step.
Spirits of Invention is a kaleidoscopic work. Featuring more than 300
illustrations and lively narrative texts, it is both an intuitively comprehensible
artist′s book and a multifaceted compendium of facts that guide the reader
through Leonardo da Vinci′s universe.