The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci

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Author: Leonardo da Vinci

491.
WHAT RULES SHOULD BE GIVEN TO BOYS LEARNING TO PAINT.

We know for certain that sight is one of the most rapid actions we can perform. In an instant we see an infinite number of forms, still we only take in thoroughly one object at a time. Supposing that you, Reader, were to glance rapidly at the whole of this written page, you would instantly perceive that it was covered with various letters; but you could not, in the time, recognise what the letters were, nor what they were meant to tell. Hence you would need to see them word by word, line by line to be able to understand the letters. Again, if you wish to go to the top of a building you must go up step by step; otherwise it will be impossible that you should reach the top. Thus I say to you, whom nature prompts to pursue this art, if you wish to have a sound knowledge of the forms of objects begin with the details of them, and do not go on to the second [step] till you have the first well fixed in memory and in practice. And if you do otherwise you will throw away your time, or certainly greatly prolong your studies. And remember to acquire diligence rather than rapidity.

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Chicago: Leonardo da Vinci, "491. What Rules Should Be Given to Boys Learning to Paint.," The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci, trans. Richter, Jean Paul, 1847-1937 in The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci (New York: Dover Publications, Inc., 1970), Original Sources, accessed April 23, 2018, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DKCUZRDI454KNK2.

MLA: Vinci, Leonardo da. "491. What Rules Should Be Given to Boys Learning to Paint." The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci, translted by Richter, Jean Paul, 1847-1937, in The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci, New York, Dover Publications, Inc., 1970, Original Sources. 23 Apr. 2018. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DKCUZRDI454KNK2.

Harvard: Vinci, LD, '491. What Rules Should Be Given to Boys Learning to Paint.' in The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci, trans. . cited in 1970, The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci, Dover Publications, Inc., New York. Original Sources, retrieved 23 April 2018, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DKCUZRDI454KNK2.