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Everyone knows the name of Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519) and even bright middle schoolers can identify The Last Supper as his work, but beyond that rudimentary knowledge, most of us go blank. Ross King's new illustrated biographical monograph first give us the basics and then goes beyond to explore the hidden layers, some of them literal, in this mural masterpiece and its maker. King's exposition presents a Da Vinci far more robust, unruly and unreliable than great artists are supposed to be. He places the creation of the paintings within the context of its commissioning and protracted execution and delves with scrupulous care into the expressions and gestures of the biblical diners. His generous illustrated account is riveting: Even skeptics will find themselves roped in by his attention to telling details. Take that, Da Vinci Code!