Domenico Laurenza

«De figura umana»
Fisiognomica, anatomia ed arte in Leonardo

2001, cm 17 x 24, xxxii-242 pp. con 29 tavv. f.t.

ISBN: 9788822249975

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This book explores the relationship between physiognomy, anatomy and art in the oeuvre of Leonardo da Vinci. Leonardo’s research is situated within the chronology of his own production, his broader research into the morphology of the human body and the heritage of scholastic biology. The author also demonstrates that Leonardo’s gradual invention of a physiognomical iconography was difficult because, in contrast to his anatomical and engineering studies, there was no pre-existing tradition on which to draw.