Sunday, June 22, 2014

Leonardo da Vinci’s Life and Legacy, in a Vintage Pop-Up Book | Brain Pickings

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The legacy of the great artist, inventor, and
scientist in illustrated “interactive” paper engineering that would’ve
made Leonardo himself nod with delight.
As a lover of pop-up books, a celebrator of the intersection of art and science, and a great admirer of the vintage children’s book illustration of wife-and-husband duo Alice and Martin Provensen, I was instantly smitten with Leonardo da Vinci (public library)
— a glorious 1984 pop-up book that traces the life and legacy of the
legendary artist, inventor and scientist in gorgeous illustrations by
the Provensens and “interactive” three-dimensional paper engineering
that would’ve made Leonardo himself nod with delight.


In the spirit of previous efforts to convey the analog magic of vintage paper engineering in animated GIFs — including Bruno Munari’s “interactive” picture-books and this naughty Victorian pop-up book for adults
— I’ve animated a couple of the visuals, which is of course no
substitute for the hands-on whimsy but at the very least a whetting of
the appetite.







Leonardo da Vinci’s Life and Legacy, in a Vintage Pop-Up Book | Brain Pickings

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