June 19, 2016

“They correspond with his own deepest belief: that the destructive forces of nature were like a reservoir, dammed up by a thin, unsteady wall, which at any moment might burst, and sweep away the pretentious homunculi who had dared to maintain that man was the measure of all things. […] Leonardo glories in the triumph of natural forces and dwells with gusto on every detail of destruction. […] They are so far from the classical tradition that our first term of comparison might be one of the great Chinese paintings of cloud and storm.” ~ K. Clark

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