The Iconography of Dürer’s “Knots” and Leonardo’s “Concatenation”

Ananda K. Coomaraswamy

Leonardo was still a whole man… Is it not absurd to pretend that man cannot be at the same time an archaeologist and a philosopher or theologian whose interest is in ideas, and an artist whose interest is in “beauty” or in “feeling,” or to pretend that the artist was less a man when he designed ornaments for the use of goldsmiths or embroiderers than when he painted the Gioconda?

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Originally published in Eye of the Heart, 4, 2009. Republished here with thanks.