DA VINCI - from the "Treatise
Rules for the Painter
person who does not love to the same degree all things present in the
art of painting will not be a Universalist;
is the same with
the one who does not like landscapes and considers they merit only a
brief and simple study.
As the master Boticelli stated, such a study is useful because
just by throwing a sponge soaked with various colors against a wall to
make a stain, one can find a beautiful landscape.
it is true that in this stain various inventions can be discerned,
or rather what one wants to find in it, such as battles,
reefs, seas, clouds, forests and other similar things, then surely,
this is like the ringing of bells in which one can understand
whatever one wants to.
But, even though these smears of color provide you with
inventions, they also show you that they do not come to represent
anything in particular.
And this painter produced
very sad landscapes...............”
will not forget to insert into these rules, a new theoretical invention
for knowledge’s sake, which, ,although it seems of little import and
good for a laugh, is nonetheless, of great utility in bringing out the
creativity in some of these inventions.
This is the case if you cast your glance on any walls dirty with
such stains or walls made up of rock formations of different types.
If you have to invent some scenes, you will be able to discover
them there in diverse forms, in
diverse landscapes, adorned with mountains, rivers, rocks, trees,
extensive plains, valleys, and hills. You can even see different battle
scenes and movements made up of unusual figures,
faces with strange expressions,
and myriad things which you can
transform into a complete and proper form constituting part of
similar walls and rocks. These are like the sound of bells, in whose
tolling, you hear names and words that your imagination conjures up.
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