Quotes by Artist Leonardo da Vinci


“Art is never finished, only bandoned.”

“Where the spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art.”

“Art lives from constraints and dies from freedom.”

“To any white body receiving the light from the sun, or the air, the shadows will be of a bluish cast.”

“Black is like a broken vessel, which is deprived of the capacity to contain anything.”

“It reflects no great honour on a painter to be able to execute one thing well.”

“The painter’s mind is a copy of the divine mind, since it operates freely in creating the many kinds of animals, plants, fruits, landscapes, countrysides, ruins, and awe-inspiring places.”

“That painter who has no doubts will achieve little.”

“Drawing is based upon perspective, which is nothing else than a thorough knowledge of the function of the eye.”

“Study the science of art and the art of science.”

“The vivacity and brightness of colors in a landscape will never bear any comparison with a landscape in nature when it is illumined by the sun, unless the painting is placed in such a position that it will receive the same light from the sun as does the landscape.”

“One can have no smaller or greater mastery than mastery of oneself.”

“The smallest feline is a masterpiece.”

“When you paint look at your work in a mirror; when you see it reversed, it will appear to you like some other painter’s work and you will be a better judge of its faults.”

“The eye encompasses the beauty of the whole world.”

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”




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