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Leonardo da Vinci: the Complete Works

Leonardo da Vinci: the Complete Works

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By (author) Leonardo da Vinci

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  • Publisher: DAVID & CHARLES
  • Format: Hardback | 640 pages
  • Dimensions: 126mm x 154mm x 40mm | 780g
  • Publication date: 28 April 2006
  • Publication City/Country: Newton Abbot
  • ISBN 10: 0715324535
  • ISBN 13: 9780715324530
  • Illustrations note: 500 colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 13,239

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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.

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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