Kim H. Veltman
"Visualization and Perspective. Visualizzazione e prospettiva"
Leonardo e l'eta della ragione, eds. Enrico Bellone e Paolo Rossi, (Scientia, Milan, 1982), pp.185-210 (English), pp. 211-224 (Italian).
Visual and Verbal Images
Scales of Abstraction
Viewpoints, Levels and Models
Systematic Play with Variables
Observation, Experiment and Quantification
Substance and Function
Universals and Particulars
The 6,500 pages about of Leonardo da Vinci's notebooks contain ca. 100,000 sketches, diagrams and drawings. No one in recorded history prior to him and possibly no one since, has ever produced such a wealth of visual records. The first part of this paper will attempt to answer why Leonardo was so concerned with visual images. The significance of his perspectival studies will be emphasized and the role of six related factors will be examined: 1) scales of abstraction, 2) models, 3) levels of focus, 4) series, 5) systematic play with variables and 6) literal visualism. The second part of this essay will consider some of the consequences of Leonardo's visual approach.
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