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A Treatise on Painting, by Leonardo da Vinci
Senex and Taylor, London


LDE T0361   CID233  Of the Gesture of a Man pointing at any thing

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In a Piece, where a Figure is represented showing, or pointing with its Hand, at any thing not far removed, either in Time or Place; observe, that the Arm be not too much extended, nor the Hand that Points, at too great a Distance from the Person who Directs it. But where the Thing pointed at, is far removed, then must the Arm be likewise far stretch'd out, and the Hand seen at a good Distance from the Body; the Face of him that Points, being at the same time turned, towards him for whose Sake that Action is intended.