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194 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
  • A More Beautiful and Honourable Temple
  • The Goldsmith of San Giovanni
  • The Treasure Hunters
  • An Ass and a Babbler
  • The Rivals
  • Men without Name or Family
  • Some Unheard-of Machine
  • The Chain of Stone
  • The Tale of the Fat Carpenter
  • The Pointed Fifth
  • Bricks and Mortar
  • Circle by Circle
  • The Monster of the Arno
  • Debacle at Lucca
  • From Bad to Worse
  • Consecration
  • The Lantern
  • Magni Ingenii Viri Philippi Brunelleschi
  • The Nest of Delights.
Brunelleschi's Dome is the story of how a Renaissance genius bent men, materials, and the very forces of nature to build an architectural wonder we continue to marvel at today. Denounced at first as a madman, Brunelleschi was celebrated at the end as a genius. Even today, in an age of soaring skyscrapers, the cathedral dome of Santa Maria del Fiore retains a rare power to astonish. Ross King brings its creation to life in a fifteenth-century chronicle with twenty-first-century resonance.
Green Library
HISTORY-231-01, HISTORY-331-01, STS-200P-01
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xii, 196 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
This book provides the historical background for a central issue in the history of science: the influence of artisans, craftsmen, and other practitioners on the emergent empirical methodologies that characterized the "new sciences" of the late sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Long offers a coherent account and critical revision of the "Zilsel thesis, " an influential etiological narrative which argues that such craftsmen were instrumental in bringing about the "Scientific Revolution." "Artisan/Practitioners" reassesses the issue of artisanal influence from three different perspectives: the perceived relationships between art and nature; the Vitruvian architectural tradition with its appreciation of both theory and practice; and the development of "trading zones"--arenas in which artisans and learned men communicated in substantive ways. These complex social and intellectual developments, the book argues, underlay the development of the empirical sciences. This volume provides new discussion and synthesis of a theory that encompasses broad developments in European history and study of the natural world. It will be a valuable resource for college-level teaching, and for scholars and others interested in the history of science, late medieval and early modern European history, and the Scientific Revolution.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780870716096 20160606
Green Library
HISTORY-231-01, HISTORY-331-01, STS-200P-01

3. Notebooks [2008]

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lv, 392 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.
'Study me reader, if you find delight in me...Come, O men, to see the miracles that such studies will disclose in nature.' Most of what we know about Leonardo da Vinci, we know because of his notebooks. Some 6,000 sheets of notes and drawings survive, which represent perhaps one-fifth of what he actually produced. In them he recorded everything that interested him in the world around him, and his study of how things work. With an artist's eye and a scientist's curiosity he studied the movement of water and the formation of rocks, the nature of flight and optics, anatomy, architecture, sculpture, and painting. He jotted down fables and letters and developed his belief in the sublime unity of nature and man. Through his notebooks we can get an insight into Leonardo's thoughts, and his approach to work and life. This selection offers a cross-section of his writings, organized around coherent themes. Fully updated, this new edition includes some 70 line drawings and a Preface by Martin Kemp, one of the world's leading authorities on Leonardo.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780199299027 20160528
Green Library, Art & Architecture Library (Bowes)
HISTORY-231-01, HISTORY-331-01, STS-200P-01
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xxix, 381 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 26 cm.
  • Introduction-- 1. 'Leonardo da Firenze'-- 2. The Microcosm-- 3. The Exercise of Fantasia-- 4. The Republic: New Battles and Old Problems-- 5. The Prime Mover-- Bibliography.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780192807250 20160528
This masterly account of Leonardo da Vinci and his vision of the world is now widely recognized as the classic treatment of Leonardo's art, science, and thought, giving an unparalleled insight into the broadening and deepening of Leonardo's intellect and vision throughout his artistic career. Kemp, one of the world's leading authorities on Leonardo, takes us on a journey through the whole span of the great man's career, giving a fully integrated picture of his artistic, scientific, and technological achievements. Leonardo's early training in Florence provided a crucial foundation in the 'science of art', particularly perspective and anatomy. His period in the service of the Sforzas of Milan enlarged his outlook to embrace a wide range of natural sciences and mathematics, as he searched for scientific rules governing both man and the universe. It was these rules which provided the basis for his imaginative reconstruction of nature in great works such as the "Last Supper", the "Mona Lisa", and "St John", which reveal his increasingly complex vision of man in the context of nature. And towards the end of his life, Leonardo became fascinated with the mathematics underlying the 'design of nature', behind which lay the ultimate force of the 'prime mover', as manifested with supreme power in his Deluge drawings. Covering all areas of Leonardo's achievement, generously illustrated, and now including a new introductory chapter setting Leonardo's work in its historical context, this fully updated new edition provides an unparalleled insight into the marvellous works of this central figure in western art.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780192807250 20160528
Art & Architecture Library (Bowes), eReserve
HISTORY-231-01, HISTORY-331-01, STS-200P-01
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xiv, 786 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm.
Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) stands as a supreme icon in the history of Western civilization. With much of his work lost or unfinished, the key to his legacy is without doubt to be found in the enormous body of his extant drawings and accompanying manuscript notes. Famous for their beauty and technical virtuosity, Leonardo's drawings were avidly sought by collectors even during his lifetime. This volume offers a portrait of Leonardo as a draftsman, integrating his diverse roles as an artist, scientist, inventor, theorist and teacher. A chronological framework is also provided in order to shed light on his extraordinary life and career. The essays and entries - written by the world's leading Leonardo scholars - survey the wide variety of drawing types that Leonardo used and also examine a small group of works by artists critical to his artistic development in Florence and to his multifaceted activity in Milan.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780300098785 20160528
Green Library, Art & Architecture Library (Bowes)
HISTORY-231-01, HISTORY-331-01, STS-200P-01
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183 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
  • Part 1 Conditions of trade: Introduction-- contracts and the client's control-- art and matter-- the value of skill-- perception of skill. Part 2 The period eye: Relative perception-- pictures and knowledge-- the cognitive style-- the function of images-- "Istoria"-- the body and its language-- figure patterns-- the value of colours-- volumes-- intervals and proportions-- the moral eye. Part 3 Pictures and categories: Words and pictures-- Giovanni Santi's twenty-five painters-- Cristoforo Landino-- categories, including nature, relief, purity, ease, perspective, grace, ornateness, variety, composition, colouring, design, difficulty, foreshortening, promptness, blitheness, devotion-- conclusion. Texts and references. Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780192821447 20160528
An introduction to Italian painting in the 15th century, and the social history behind it. The book covers the structure of the picture trade and its economic basis through contracts, letters and accounts. The author also illustrates how art history can be used to give insights into social history, by showing how the visual skills and activities of daily life can be related to the painters' style. Renaissance painting is related for instance to experience of activities such as preaching, dancing and gauging barrels. Finally, 16 concepts used by a contemporary critic, Cristoforo Landino, in his description of Masaccio, Filippo Lippi, Andrea del Castagno and Fra Angelico are described and illustrated, as a basis for looking at 15th century painting. In addition, this new edition has an appendix of the original Latin and Italian texts referred to throughout the book, providing access to the relevant, authentic sources.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780192821447 20160528
Green Library
HISTORY-231-01, HISTORY-331-01, STS-200P-01
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2 v. illus., facsims., maps, plans, ports. 28 cm.
Green Library, Art & Architecture Library (Bowes)
HISTORY-231-01, HISTORY-331-01, STS-200P-01