Leonardo da Vinci Rediscovered
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A modern rethinking of the career and vision of one of the greatest artists of all time on the 500th anniversary of his death

The towering genius of Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) has been celebrated-and remained undisputed-for hundreds of years. A groundbreaking, essential addition to scholarship, Leonardo da Vinci Rediscovered continues this legacy while simultaneously reexamining the multifaceted artist's life and work from the ground up. This authoritative, four-volume study marks the 500th anniversary of the great master's death with a sweeping, up-to-date portrait of Leonardo as he has never been seen before.

Internationally renowned Leonardo specialist Carmen C. Bambach unfurls new narratives, largely based on the most important, yet most misunderstood, body of evidence available: the artist's drawings, paintings, and manuscripts. In the manner of a biographer, Bambach combs through contemporary documents and more than 4,000 surviving sheets of Leonardo's notes and drawings to extract details about his development as an artist and thinker that have never before been suggested. Some 1,500 illustrations portray the staggering, spectacular legacy that Leonardo left behind on paper and canvas. Through Bambach's comprehensive research, Leonardo emerges as a figure who both embodies his era and completely transcends it, enduring as one of history's greatest artists, scientists, and inventors.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 2350 pages
  • 248 x 292 x 231.14mm | 13,449.01g
  • United States
  • English
  • 1,500 color + b-w illus.
  • 0300191952
  • 9780300191950
  • 542,470

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"A vast project spanning more than 1m words and 1,500 images . . . Bambach's numerous discoveries include a small drapery study in the Royal Collection, where it was described as from Leonardo's workshop."-Dalya Alberge, Guardian
"awesomely ambitious"-Holland Cotter, New York Times
"A project nearly a quarter-century in the making, this monograph attempts to provide a comprehensive revisiting of the man so many know only as the painter of the 'Mona Lisa' and the 'Last Supper.'"-Lauren Christensen, New York Times Book Review
"This outstanding work for Leonardo's quincentenary is riveting. Across four sumptuous, scholarly volumes Bambach takes a fresh biographical approach, exploring especially through drawings and handwriting how Leonardo visualised knowledge in a new way. She humanises genius by showing the gap between his mysterious visions and staggering achievements."-Jackie Wullschlager, Financial Times
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About Carmen C. Bambach

Carmen C. Bambach is curator in the Department of Drawings and Prints, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. In 2019 she was awarded the Vilcek Prize for Excellence - created to honor immigrants who have had a profound impact on American society and world culture.
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