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


LDE T0087   CID26  the Lights proper or Figures designed from the Life

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Where the Light is too harshly cut by the Shadows, it has a very ill Effect: To evade which Inconvenience, 'twill be necessary where your Figures are supposed in the open Air, to avoid placing them in the Sun-Shine; rather feigning a lowering Day, and drawing a few transparent Clouds between the Sun and your Figures: By this Means they will be the more weakly enlightened, and there will be room for the Extremities of their Shadows, to mingle and lose themselves insensibly in the Lights.