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


LDE T0943   CID354  Of the Horizon appearing in the Water

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From the sixth Proposition, of our Treatise of Perspective, it appears, that the Horizon will be seen exhibited, as in a Mirrour, on that side of a Water, opposite to the Horizon and to the Eye. An instance of this, you have in the adjacent Figure, where the Horizon F is opposed to the side B C, and that side, at the same time, opposed to the Eye. Let the Painter therefore, who wou'd represent any wide extent of Water, consider that this Element has no other Colour, whether bright or obscure, but what it receives from the brightness or obscurity of the place, wherein it is found; intermingled with the Colours of such other Objects, as it is incompassed withal.