Natural and Rational

But before we go any further, we must say a little more about Leonardo’s personality and talents.  The many gifts that Nature bestowed upon him concentrated themselves primarily in his eye.  Hence, although capable of all things, he appeared great above all as a painter.  He did not rely simply upon the inner impulses of his innate, inestimable talent; he permitted no arbitrary, random stroke of the brush; everything had to be deliberate and considered.  From the pure proportions to which he devoted so much research, to the strangest monsters that he compiled out of contradictory figures, everything had to be both natural and rational.

   ~ Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1787) – Leonardo da Vinci, The Complete Paintings & Drawings

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