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The Da Vinci Women: The Untold Feminist Power of Leonardo's Art

Kia Vahland



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28 April 2020
Art & Architecture; Renaissance art
Leonardo da Vinci was a revolutionary thinker, artist and inventor who has been written about and celebrated for centuries. Lesser known, however, is his revolutionary and empowering portrayal of the modern female, centuries before the first women's liberation movements.

Before da Vinci, portraits of women in Italy were still, impersonal and mostly shown in profile. Leonardo pushed the boundaries of female depiction having several of his female subjects, including his Mona Lisa, gaze at the viewer, giving them an authority which was withheld from women at the time.

Art historian and journalist Kia Vahland recounts Leonardo's entire life from April 15, 1452, as a child born out of wedlock in Vinci up through his death on May 2, 1519, in the French castle of von Cloux. Included throughout are 80 sketches and paintings showcasing Leonardo's approach to the female form (including anatomical sketches of birth) and other artwork as well as examples from other artists from the 15th and 16th centuries. Vahland explains how artists like Raphael, Giorgione, Giovanni Bellini and the young Titian were influenced by da Vinci's women while Michelangelo, da Vinci's main rival, created masculine images of woman that counters Leonardo's depictions.
By:   Kia Vahland
Imprint:   Hachette
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 206mm,  Width: 158mm,  Spine: 36mm
Weight:   500g
ISBN:   9780762496433
ISBN 10:   0762496436
Pages:   304
Publication Date:   28 April 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Kia Vahland is an award-winning art historian and journalist. She is the author of numerous nonfiction books on the Italian Renaissance in German including Michelangelo & Raphael. She has been the leading art critic at Suddeutschen Zeitung, one of the leading daily newspapers in Germany and she teaches at Ludwig-Maximilian University and the German School of Journalism in Munich.

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