Discovering Leonardo: The Art Lover's Guide to Understanding Da Vinci's Masterpieces

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This fine art book with a design twist identifies, decodes, and explains symbols hidden in Leonardo da Vinci’s works, using die-cut windows to enhance the experience of truly appreciating each masterpiece. Discover the secret symbols and meanings behind seventy-five featured drawings and paintings in this unique volume celebrating Leonardo da Vinci. This book’s innovative design pairs each painting with a page of die-cut windows that help the reader focus on specific aspects of each piece of art, and it features ...
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Overview

This fine art book with a design twist identifies, decodes, and explains symbols hidden in Leonardo da Vinci’s works, using die-cut windows to enhance the experience of truly appreciating each masterpiece. Discover the secret symbols and meanings behind seventy-five featured drawings and paintings in this unique volume celebrating Leonardo da Vinci. This book’s innovative design pairs each painting with a page of die-cut windows that help the reader focus on specific aspects of each piece of art, and it features captions that highlight the most important symbols. Also included are carefully selected comparative works from da Vinci’s contemporaries to offer contextual perspective.
Learn the secrets behind such famous paintings as Mona Lisa and The Last Supper, as well as Adoration of the Magi, The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne, and many more. Each work featured in Discovering Leonardo: The Art Lover’s Guide to Understanding Da Vinci’s Masterpieces tells a story that becomes more fascinating as layer upon layer of symbolic meaning is revealed.   
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789322685
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Publication date: 10/18/2011
  • Pages: 260
  • Sales rank: 935,302
  • Product dimensions: 10.40 (w) x 13.16 (h) x 1.18 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Crenshaw is associate professor of art history at Providence College. His specialty is Dutch Art of the seventeenth century and he has held lecturing and research positions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Frick Art Reference Library in New York.
Rebecca Tucker received her Ph.D. from the Institute of Fine Arts of New York University and writes in the field of Early Modern art and patronage. She is assistant professor of art history at Colorado College.
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