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LEONARDO DA VINCI: THE COMPLETE PAINTINGS

Marani, Pietro C.

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ISBN 10: 0810935813 / ISBN 13: 9780810935815
Editorial: Harry N. Abrams, 2000
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Título: LEONARDO DA VINCI: THE COMPLETE PAINTINGS

Editorial: Harry N. Abrams

Año de publicación: 2000

Encuadernación: Hardcover

Condición del libro:New

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This volume includes every single one of da Vinci's paintings, along with prepatory drawings and studies, and a text by one of the world's leading experts on the artist. Includes such works as "Mona Lisa", "The Madonna of the Rocks", "The Annunciation" and "Last Supper".

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In this magnificent book, Pietro Marani, the director of the project to restore Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper, presents all the artist's known paintings. The history and significance of each are analyzed at length: we read, for example, that "from a very early date, Mona Lisa was considered among Leonardo's most extraordinary accomplishments, one that made every other artist 'tremble and lose heart.'" Context is provided by a wealth of related paintings and sketches. The presentation is extravagant: double foldouts show frescoes in their entirety, and small areas are hugely expanded to give access to a world of sensuous detail. The intimacy of these extreme details--a tiny blue landscape glimpsed through a window, or the warm flesh of a baby's foot resting on its mother's arm--is unexpected, and one of the book's many successes.

Marani combines connoisseurship with the technological tools of art history, such as x-ray exploration of revisions in a painting's underdrawings. He has spent his life studying Leonardo's paintings firsthand, so closely that he can point to where the artist lightly blurred layers of paint with his fingertips to suggest the soft skin around the eyes of his portraits of women. A chapter is devoted to Marani's belief that Leonardo was profoundly influenced by ancient artworks rather than being exclusively the "modern genius" described by Romantic critics. The research is fully footnoted, with appendices including checklists of paintings and lost paintings and a collection of all known primary documents referring directly to Leonardo's life. From its enigmatic cover (the lips of the artist's exquisite portrait of Ginevra de' Benci) to its extensive bibliography, Leonardo da Vinci comes the closest this reviewer has seen to being the ultimate art book. --John Stevenson

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