The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci

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Author: Leonardo da Vinci

35.
ON PAINTING.

If the eye, when [out of doors] in the luminous atmosphere, sees a place in shadow, this will look very much darker than it really is. This happens only because the eye when out in the air contracts the pupil in proportion as the atmosphere reflected in it is more luminous. And the more the pupil contracts, the less luminous do the objects appear that it sees. But as soon as the eye enters into a shady place the darkness of the shadow suddenly seems to diminish. This occurs because the greater the darkness into which the pupil goes the more its size increases, and this increase makes the darkness seem less.

[Footnote 14: La luce entrerà. Luce occurs here in the sense of pupil of the eye as in no 51: C. A. 84b; 245a; I—5; and in many other places.]

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Chicago: Leonardo da Vinci, "35. On Painting.," 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 January 22, 2020, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=3TECCXZC2JD7F1Z.

MLA: Vinci, Leonardo da. "35. On Painting." 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. 22 Jan. 2020. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=3TECCXZC2JD7F1Z.

Harvard: Vinci, LD, '35. On Painting.' 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 22 January 2020, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=3TECCXZC2JD7F1Z.