LIFE AND WORKS OF LEONARDO DA VINCIROSALIND ORMISTON Book Number: 87265 Product format: Hardback
Regarded by many as the greatest artist who ever lived, and even in his own lifetime revered as a multi-talented genius, Leonardo da Vinci left only a small number of completed paintings, together with quantities of drawings and notes on many aspects of science. He is best known as a painter and sculptor and his work as an architect and engineer complements his astute observations as an anatomist and naturalist. His fervent desire for knowledge on practically every subject led to him making copious notes, all tied together in loosely bound notebooks. The first part of this fascinating book contains an exploration of his life beginning in the small Italian village of Vinci in 1452, detailing his childhood, early career, influences and relationships. He completed an apprenticeship with Andrea del Verrocchio in Florence, then moved to Milan where he was commissioned to paint several portraits and began a study of human proportions that would lead him to create the iconic image of the Renaissance era, his 'Vitruvian Man'. In 1495 he began his work on a vast fresco The Last Supper and even before it was completed was hailed a genius. He often left his paintings unfinished in his eagerness to pursue other interests. Around 1503 he created his masterpiece The Mona Lisa. The second part of the book contains a gallery of 500 of his major paintings, drawings and designs with analysis of each artwork and its significance within the context of his life. A beautifully illustrated edition, 256 glossy pages, packed with colour. 9" x 11¼".
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