Monograph on Leonardo Da Vinci's ʻmona Lisaʻ

Monograph on Leonardo Da Vinci's ʻmona Lisaʻ

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1915 edition. Excerpt: ...painting two pictures of the Virgin in 1478, he wrote 'jeomicai le 2 vergini Marie.'1 Mrs. Heaton, in her life of Leonardo, p. 52, says: --'The Mona Lisa has been supposed2 to be one of the two to which Leonardo refers in his letter to Marshal de Chaumont. As, however, these pictures were clearly painted for the French King, it appears quite as likely that they were Madonna pictures as that they were portraits of Florentine beauties, especially as "Nostre Donne " is written with capitals' (sic). I have taken the three sentences from Jean Paul Richter's very able work of Leonardo's manuscripts (which he copied faithfully from the originals), and I see no such capitals in it. Then again, what became of these two pictures, which Leonardo himself refers to in these draft letters? Richter, in his life of the master (p. 95), says: 'There is no evidence to show that both or even one of these paintings became the property of Louis XII, nor can we identify them with the two undoubtedly genuine Madonnas by Leonardo in the Louvre.' Now might not these two pictures--'due quadri di due nostre donne de varie grandezze '--be the unfinished St. Anne and one of the portraits mentioned by Fra Nuvolaria in his letter of 1501, that which Vasari erroneously described as Ginevra Benci?3 Leonardo made a point of describing them as of different sizes, which is most significant, and would completely answer the description of the St. Anne and the second version of the Mona Lisa, the former being a large picture and the latter portrait, in comparison, a small one. It is incredible that the two portraits mentioned by Fra Nuvolaria, as well as the two pictures for Louis XII, which we are told were known to have existed, should have completely disappeared, more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 1mm | 68g
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1236805070
  • 9781236805072