Parr, Adrian Books
About the author: Dr. Adrian Parr is Professor of Art History at the Savannah College of Art and Design (Savannah, Georgia) where she teaches contemporary art and theory. She has published various articles and catalogue essays in the area of contemporary art and culture. She is the editor of The Deleuze Dictionary forthcoming from Edinburgh University Press. She is currently working on a new project on ethics, politics, and contemporary art.2003 0-7734-6564-2
This study explores the work of Leonardo da Vinci with the aim of developing a concept of creative production, It argues that the conditions of a truly creative practice require an imaginative re-working of the real so that new and unforeseen realities can emerge. Studying Leonardo’s notebooks and sketches, where a cross-pollination of theory and practice abounds, it shows that creativity is critical power that operates in between the real and ideal, confounding the clear-cut distinction between them. This understanding of power in terms of an enabling and productive capacity is taken from Deleuze and Nietzsche’s work in this area. Leonardo, although he was interested in mimesis and the principles of one point perspective, actively brought the real and ideal into relations with one another in innovative ways. Although it focuses on the work of one Renaissance artist, the conclusions are not historically restricted.