Leonardo Da Vinci: The Complete Paintings

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This seminal book on the paintings of the great Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci, first published by Abrams in 2000, has now been reissued in a compact, portable paperback format. As in the earlier volume, fresh photography and advanced printing techniques allow these precious masterworks to be reproduced with unparalleled accuracy and clarity, and every one of Leonardo's paintings is included, along with a text by one of the world's leading experts on the artist.Such beloved paintings as the Mona Lisa, The ...
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Overview

This seminal book on the paintings of the great Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci, first published by Abrams in 2000, has now been reissued in a compact, portable paperback format. As in the earlier volume, fresh photography and advanced printing techniques allow these precious masterworks to be reproduced with unparalleled accuracy and clarity, and every one of Leonardo's paintings is included, along with a text by one of the world's leading experts on the artist.Such beloved paintings as the Mona Lisa, The Madonna of the Rocks, and The Annunciation are all showcased in this magisterial book, and the restored Last Supper is seen in all its richness of detail and tone. Scholar Pietro Marani explores Leonardo's fertile and original intellect and his astounding capacity for imbuing the human figure with emotion, sublime beauty, and grace. Preparatory drawings and studies are accompanied by enlarged details that reveal the painter's extraordinary sense of light and shadow, color and atmosphere—the fugitive, intangible quality we call “Leonardesque.” Here is a book that does justice to the magnificent accomplishments of this great artist.

Author Bio: Pietro C. Marani is one of the world's foremost scholars on Leonardo da Vinci and author of more than 30 volumes and numerous essays and articles on the artist and his period. He is former vice-director of the Brera Museum in Milan, and a codirector of the recent restoration of Leonardo's Last Supper. He is now professor of modern art at the Politecnico di Milano.

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Leonardo da Vinci was the very definition of a Renaissance man. His accomplishments in the fields of science and technology are unparalleled, but it is his astounding artworks -- his paintings, drawings, and sculpture -- that are perhaps his greatest legacy. In Leonardo da Vinci: The Complete Paintings, respected Leonardo scholar Pietro C. Marani reexamines the artist's entire oeuvre, including those works that have been recently cleaned, restored, and returned to their original glory.
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Although Marani addresses the whole of da Vinci's fragmentary and limited oeuvre and then some, this volume is in no way a traditional catalogue raisonn . With a profound familiarity with the relevant scholarship and a keen sensitivity to the paintings, this volume is nevertheless partial and idiosyncratic in its treatment and definition of the master's work. While sharply aware of the paintings' nuances, graphic analogs, and relationship to Renaissance and antique art, the author betrays an inattention to compositional and pictorial innovation, iconographic content, and the problem of the non-finito, which diminishes this work's value as an introductory text. Similarly, the influence of classical sculpture on the later paintings, an important topic worthy of some discussion, is overemphasized. Despite a comprehensive gathering of excellent reproductions, this is a necessary acquisition only for collections serving advanced students of Vinciana.--Robert Cahn, Fashion Inst. of Technology, New York Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810991590
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/2003
  • Edition description: Updated
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 8.12 (h) x 1.25 (d)

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Introduction

This book was born of the necessity to reconsider the development of Leonardo da Vinci's art in the light of the latest studies and recent proposals concerning attribution, chronology, and interpretation of his works. These must be reexamined in depth, from his apprenticeship in Verrocchio's shop to his first autonomous works, and from his mature years in Lombardy to his withdrawal within himself in France, as seen in his late works. This volume is, thus, neither a biography of the artist nor a catalogue of his works, but rather an interpretive essay on the evolution of Leonardo's art....over the years I have published numerous studies that examine particular aspects of Leonardo's career; in these, I always attempt to consider the relationship among art, science, and technology as the key to his mind and world.

The difficulty of achieving an inclusive presentation of Leonardo's works within such a framework is great; this book focuses on the drawings and paintings (but also, of course, considers the legacy of Leonardo's manuscripts and his ideas in other fields), and necessarily refers to those of my own earlier studies that helped me to understand better the man's artistic development. This volume also comprises insights that have ripened in the course of my close inspection of Leonardo's paintings in relation to problems of their conservation. Prominent among these is The Last Supper, whose restoration I have followed very closely, from its beginning in 1985, through 1993, when I became co-director of the project, and to its recent completion.

I have also incorporated here observations drawn from close association with several museum conservators whom I had the good fortune to observe at work on a number of Leonardo's paintings....

A note on the reproductions is called for. In a slight departure from the most scrupulous scholarly method, we have enlarged some details of paintings and drawings to greater than life size, in order to grant the reader a better view of the artist's technique and a better sense of the relationships between paintings and sculptures, as well as to underscore the sculptural power of some of the sketches. Leonardo's extraordinary graphic ability, so often concentrated in the smallest areas, may thus be seen clearly. In such magnified details it is also possible to see, together on a single sheet, the residue of multiple passes of the hand, which express different attempts to resolve a problem, revealing the movement of Leonardo's mind.

All this demonstrates how much is still to be discovered in the archives regarding Leonardo, and how much more study of him is possible. If this volume is, in its turn, a bearer of information stimulus to further study of the artist, however small, we may be satisfied.

P. C. M.
Milan, March 1, 2000

Excerpted by permission of Harry N. Abrams, Inc. Copyright © 1999 Federico Motta Editore SpA, Milan. English translation copyright © 2000 Harry N. Abrams, Inc.

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Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION 6
IN VERROCCHIO'S WORKSHOP 11
"MAESTRO LIONARDO DIPINTORE" 77
THE VIRGIN OF THE ROCKS: AN UNFORTUNATE MODEL, A SUCCESSFUL
COMPOSITION 123
THE PORTRAITS: NEW ICONOGRAPHY AND OLD PREJUDICES 157
TOWARD A NEW CLASSICISM: FROM THE LAST SUPPER TO THE VIRGIN
AND CHILD WITH ST. ANNE 209
EPILOGUE WITH DELUGES 303
APPENDICES 337
Checklist of Paintings 338
Lost Works 341
Documentary Appendix 342
Bibliography 368
Index 379
Credits 384
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