Shedding new light on the renowned Renaissance artist, this book examines all of da Vinci's known paintings using recent advances in technology and the latest art historical research. While Leonardo da Vinci is one of history's most studied and renowned artists, there are many myths surrounding his work. Beginning with his birth and early maturity in the workshops of the Florentine masters, Alessandro Vezzosi delves into the provenance of disputed works such as Madonna Litta and La Bella Principessa. He demonstrates how recent advances in technology have aided researchers in studying and restoring da Vinci's art - ncluding uncovering forgeries - and he explores the artist's scientific achievements in the fields of optics and paint composition. An exquisitely produced plate section looks at the most significant aspects of da Vinci's work, and offers numerous comparative examples in the form of archival documents, preparatory studies, and contemporary paintings. A fitting tribute to da Vinci, this wide ranging book applies 21st-century knowledge to help answer centuries-old questions about the Renaissance genius. AUTHOR: Alessandro Vezzosi is Director of the Museo Ideale Leonardo da Vinci, in Vinci, Italy. He is a Professor of the Academy of Drawing Arts in Florence, Italy. He has curated over 50 exhibitions and written numerous publications on Leonardo and on the Renaissance and Contemporary Art. SELLING POINTS:
Leonardo da Vinci was a Renaissance painter, inventor, sculptor, architect, and scientist. He is often considered one of the greatest painters of all time and is known for works such as the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper. Despite being so well known today, only about 15 of his paintings have survived.
2019 is the 500th anniversary of da Vinci's death, which may draw additional attention to him.
This book showcases all of da Vinci's paintings.
Author Alessandro Vezzosi provides new insights into da Vinci's work and sheds light on how da Vinci influenced his contemporaries. 230 colour images