Dover Book with CD-ROM

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This is one of the few CD-ROM collections from Dover that contains the works of a single artist. Leonardo da Vinci was born in Italy, 1452 and died in France, 1519. He is often called a "Renaissance Man," for his 'unquenchable curiosity" (as Wikipedia says). Along with his artistic talent as painter, sculptor, and architect, he was also a musician, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer. He is also referred to as a polymath—one whose expertise spans a large number of areas and can draw on these complex bodies of knowledge to solve specific problems. (Again, refer to Wikipedia.)

This CD-Rom collection not only contains his great art works, but his sketches of anatomy, animals and fantasy animals, plants, mechanical stuff, and some really ugly faces. It's all fascinating! What an extraordinary mind, what a genius. His skeletal sketches are amazing and he even drew a baby in the womb. His most famous works are Mona Lisa, The Last Supper, and Vitruvian Man, a drawing of a man in two different positions superimposed, inscribed in a circle and square. It represents ideal proportions of the human body. The CD-ROM also contains detail images which are not in the book, such as Mona's hands. Only about fifteen of da Vinci's paintings have survived.

Here are a few examples. More may be found in the Cross-Reference/Resource Index pages.

Lady with an Ermine (Cecilia Galleriani); 1485
St. Jerome; 1481

Lady with an Ermine (Cecilia Galleriani)

St. Jerome

Portrait of an Unknown Woman (La Belle Ferroniere); 1490
Self-Portrait (red chalk); 1519

Portrait of an Unknown Woman (La Belle Ferroniere)

Self-Portrait (red chalk)

Log Lifting and Moving Device
Grotesque Heads; 1490

Log Lifting and Moving Device

Grotesque Heads

Dissection of the Principle Organs of a Woman; 1510
Vitruvian Man; 1485-90
The Infant in the Womb; 1510-12

Dissection of the Principle Organs of a Woman

Vitruvian Man

The Infant in the Womb


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