Treatise on Painting: With a life of Leonardo and an account of his works

Aug 19, 2012 by

What a find! An inexpensive reproduction of Leonardo da Vinci’s famous Treatise on Painting originally published in 1877 “FAITHFULLY TRANSLATED FROM THE ORIGINAL ITALIAN, AND NOW FIRST DIGESTED UNDER PROPER HEADS, By JOHN FRANCIS RIGAUD, Esq ACADEMICIAN OF THE ROYAL ACADEMY OF PAINTING AT LONDON, AND ALSO OF THE ACADEMIA CLEMENTINA AT BOLOGNA, AND THE ROYAL ACADEMY AT STOCKHOLM.

(remember: the F is pronounced S)  Of coloured bodies, the pureft white will be feen at the greatefl diflance, therefore the darker the co- lour, the lefs it will bear dlftance. Of different bodies equal in whitenefs, and ia diftance from the eye, that which is furrounded by the greatefl darknefs will appear the whitefl ; and on the contrary, that fhadow will appear the darkefl that has the brightefl white round it. Of different colours, equally perfedl, that will appear mofl excellent, which is feen near its direct contrary. A pale colour againfl red, a black upon white (though neither the one nor the other are colours”), blue near a yellow; green near red ; becaufe each colour is more diflindlly feen, when oppofed to i,ts contrary, than to any other fimilar to it. Any thing white feen in a denfe air full of vapours, will appear larger than it is in reality. The air, between the eye and the object feen, will change the colour of that object into its own ; fo will the azure of the air change the diftant mountains into blue mafTes. Through a red glafs every thing appears red; the light round the flars is dim- med by the darknefs of the air, which fills the fpace between the eye and the planets. The true colour of any objedl whatever will be feen in thofe parts which are not occupied by any kind of fhade, and have not any glofs (if it be a po- ll fhed furface).  Enjoy!

 

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