Tag Archives: Leonardo
Natural Systems: Leonardo’s Energy Charge

Natural Systems: Leonardo’s Energy Charge

Leonardo’s expression of energy within natural systems, and the enhanced immersion of natural weather effects in contemporary games.

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Leonardo’s Sfumato

Leonardo’s Sfumato

Well in advance of the Leonardo da Vinci exhibition at the National Gallery London in Nov 2011, I’m pleased to have a chance to focus on Leonardo’s approach to colour blending, sfumato. I’m once again mining Marcia Hall’s comprehensive book Colour and Meaning: Practice and Theory in Renaissance Painting. Colour is so central to my [...]

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Math for Art’s Sake

Math for Art’s Sake

“He who does not understand the supreme certainty of mathematics is wallowing in confusion.”  Leonardo da Vinci. Artists of the Italian Renaissance were driven to understand the perfection of math and the natural laws of geometry (notably linear perspective) in order to create beauty in representational art. There are some art movements where math is [...]

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Marvelous Vistas

Marvelous Vistas

You will experience great pleasure by gazing out from the mountain over the countryside for you will get the impression of looking not at the landscape but at some great painting” Pliny the Younger, a learned Roman Prosecutor, wrote this in the 1st Century AD. He is describing the effect that panoramic plateau scenes can [...]

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