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


LDE T0419   CID274  Of Lights and Shadows, and in particular, of the Shadows of Carnations

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To distribute your Lights, and Shadows, with Judgment, consider well, in what place the Light is most clear, and shining, as likewise where the Shadow is the strongest, and most obscure. And take particular care, with regard to the Carnati ons of young People, that their Shadows be never seen to terminate too coarsely, and abrupt; for their Flesh not being firm, but soft and tender, is in some measure transparent; as may be seen, in looking at the Hand, when held between the Eye and the Sun; in which case it appears Reddish, with a kind of Luminous transparency: If you desire to know, then, how to suit a Shadow, to the Carnation you are Painting make a trial with the Shadow of your Finger, holding it, still nearer or further from the Painting, as you desire your Shadow to be lighter, or more obscure; this being adjusted, you may Copy that Shadow.