Unmatched in his ingenuity, technical prowess, and curiosity, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) epitomizes the humanistic ideal of the Renaissance man: a peerless master of painting, sculpture, cartography, anatomy, architecture-and more.
Simultaneously captivating art historians, collectors, and the millions who flock yearly to admire his works, Leonardo's appeal is as diffuse as were his preoccupations. His images permeate nearly every facet of Western culture-The Vitruvian Man is engraved into millions of Euro coins, The Last Supper is considered the single most reproduced religious painting in history, and the Mona Lisa has entranced countless artists and observers for centuries. On the occasion of the 500th anniversary of his death , this updated edition of our XL title is an unrivaled survey of Leonardo's life and work, including a catalogue raisonne encompassing both his surviving and lost paintings. Through stunning full-bleed details, we experience every measured brushstroke, each a testament to Leonardo's masterful ability. An expansive catalog of nearly 700 of Leonardo's drawings further illuminates the breadth of his pursuits. From diagrams of intricately engineered machines to portraits of plump infants, they stand reflective of his boundless and visionary technical imagination, balanced with a subtle and perceptive hand, capable of rendering quotidian moments with moving emotional timbre. Also included is a new foreword by Frank Zoellner, expanded exclusively for this special edition, which dissects the latest scientific developments on Leonardo's work and the story behind the haunting Salvator Mundi, which recently fetched a record-breaking $ 450 million at auction.
Over de auteur:
Frank Zoellner [of: Zöllner] (Bremen, 1956) studeerde van 1977 tot 1981 kunstgeschiedenis. In de periode 1983-1985 was hij een 'Aby Warburg Fellow' in het befaamde kunsthistorische Warburg Institute in London. Nadat hij in 1987 promoveerde aan de Universiteit van Hamburg, werkte hij van 1988 tot 1992 als wetenschappelijk medewerker bij de Bibliotheca Hertziana in Rome. Zöllner publiceerde meerdere gezaghebbende boeken over Leonardo da Vinci, onder andere over de Mona Lisa, over Michelangelo en Botticelli. Sinds 1996 is hij professor op het gebied van middeleeuwse en moderne kunst, verbonden aan de Universiteit van Leipzig.
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