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Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo Da Vinci

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Provides the reader with an insight into the life and work of one of history's most intriguing figures, Leonardo Da Vinci. Almost all of his work is presented in this volume - from his paintings and frescos, to detailed reproductions of his remarkable encrypted notebooks.
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Leonardo Da Vinci is considered to be one of the greatest painters of all time and perhaps the most diversely talented person ever to have lived, responsible for the Mona Lisa, The Last Supper, The Madonna of the Carnation and Vitruvian Man. Leonardo was an Italian Renaissance polymath: painter, sculptor, architect, musician, scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer, and this captivating book provides the reader with a unique insight into the life and work of one of history's most intriguing figures. All of Leonardo Da Vinci's work is presented in this compact volume - from his paintings and frescos, to detailed reproductions of his remarkable encrypted notebooks. As well as featuring each individual artwork, sections of each are shown in isolation to reveal incredible details - for example, the different levels of perspective between the background sections of the Mona Lisa, and the disembodied hand in The Last Supper. 640 pages of colour artworks and photographs of Da Vinci's original notebooks, accompanied by fascinating biographical and historical details are here.

Author Biography

Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci (April 15, 1452 - May 2, 1519) was an Italian Renaissance polymath: painter, sculptor, architect, musician, scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer. His genius, perhaps more than that of any other figure, epitomized the Renaissance humanist ideal. Leonardo has often been described as the archetype of the Renaissance Man. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest painters of all time and perhaps the most diversely talented person ever to have lived.

Leonardo was and is renowned primarily as a painter. Among his works, the Mona Lisa is the most famous and most parodied portrait and The Last Supper, the most reproduced religious painting of all time, with their fame approached only by Michelangelo's The Creation of Adam. Leonardo's drawing of the Vitruvian Man is also regarded as a cultural icon.

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1 Da Vinci's Life; 2 The Art; 3 The Designs; 4 The Collections; 5 The Manuscripts; Bibliography.

Introduction by Carlo Pedretti

The artist's life

Painting

  • Baptism of Christ

  • Annunciation (Florence)

  • Annunciation (Paris)

  • Portrait of Ginevra Benci

  • Madonna of the Carnation

  • Benois Madonna

  • Adoration of the Magi

  • Saint Jerome

  • Virgin of the Rocks (Paris)

  • Virgin of the Rocks (London)

  • Portrait of a Musician

  • Lady with the Ermine

(Portrait of Cecilia Gallerani)

  • Portrait of a Lady (La Belle Ferronniere)

  • Last Supper

  • Sala delle Asse

  • Portrait of Isabella d'Este

  • Head of a Young Woman (La Scapiliata) - Virgin and Child with Saint Anne

and Saint John the Baptist (London)

  • Virgin and Child with Saint Anne

and a Lamb (Paris)

  • Saint John the Baptist

  • Bacchus (Saint John)

  • Mona Lisa or Gioconda

The drawings

Drawings in Italy

  • Florence, Galleria degli Uffizi,

Gabinetto dei Disegni e delle Stampe

  • Turin, Biblioteca Reale

  • Venice, Gallerie dell'Accademia

  • Milan, Biblioteca Ambrosiana

  • Rome, Gabinetto Nazionale

delle Stampe e dei Disegni

Drawings in Europe

Drawings in America

The Collections

Codex Atlanticus

Milan, Biblioteca Ambrosiana

Windsor Collection

Windsor Castle, Royal Library

  • Anatomy

  • Landscapes, plants and water studies

  • Horses and other animals

  • Figure studies

  • Miscellaneous papers

The manuscripts

Codex Trivulziano

Milan, Biblioteca del Castello Sforzesco

Codex on the Flight of Birds

Turin, Biblioteca Reale

Manuscripts of France

Paris, Institut de France

Codices of Madrid

Madrid, Biblioteca Nacional

  • Madrid I

  • Madrid II

Codex Arundel

London, British Museum

Forster Codices (I-III)

London, Victoria and Albert Museum

Codex Hammer

Seattle, Bill Gates Collection

Libro di Pittura (Book on Painting)

Vatican City, Biblioteca Apostolica

Vaticana

Bibliography

Product Details

Pages
640
Year
2006
ISBN-10
0715324535
ISBN-13
9780715324530
Format
Hardcover
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Media
Book
Publisher
David & Charles
Language
English
Author
Leonardo Da Vinci
Subtitle
The Complete Works
Illustrations
Illustrations, unspecified
Publication Date
2006-04-28