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Luke Syson is Curator of Italian paintings before 1500 and Head of Research at the National Gallery, London. His previous publications include Renaissance Siena: Art for a City and, as co-author, Pisanello: Painter to the Renaissance Court and Objects of Virtue: Art in Renaissance Italy. Larry Keith, Arturo Galansino, Antonio Mazzotta, Minna Moore Ede, Scott Nethersole, and Per Rumberg are all present or former members of staff at the National Gallery, London.
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  • Series: National Gallery London
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: National Gallery London (November 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857094913
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857094916
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 9.8 x 13 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,030,574 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Reich Claude on December 31, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book, the catalog for the current blockbuster show at the National Gallery in London, is a wonderful study of Leonardo's Milanese period spent at the Court of the Sforza family. It is therefore not a complete retrospective of the Florentine master's output (don't expect any Annunciation or Mona Lisa here..) but it is centered on a nevertheless absolutely breathtaking body of works that include the Louvre's Belle Ferronière, the Lady with an Ermine from the Czartoryski Museum in Cracow, and the two versions of the Virgin of the Rock. The illustrations are of a great quality (not only of the works by Da Vinci, but also of paintings and drawings by his pupils and assistants), with a profusion of magnified details and drawn studies for the paintings (studies of hands for example), but above all the book is a great read because of the text and the numerous in-depth studies of the paintings. There is even a rediscovery with the portrait of Christ entitled "Salvator Mundi", whose attribution to Da Vinci is explained at length in the book, even though it still remains debatable. Also noteable are the many reproductions of drawings held in the collection of the Queen of England, which are seldom exhibited and reproduced.

The only qualification I would make is the total absence of provenance history for the works, which, in the case of this late discovery, is a regrettable lack of information.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By David E. Thomas on January 12, 2012
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If you like quality, then this catalogue is what you are after. The genius of Leonardo has never been better presented than by the National Gallery
and its supporting catalogue. From the conquest of reality, the presentation of the ideal, to perception of the divine, Leonardo can still thrill us
after all these centuries. If you can't see the London exhibition, this publication is the next best thing. Congratulations NG.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Craig Cowing on February 16, 2012
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A previous reviewer lamented the lack of provenance for each item. Yes, that would have been good. Having said that, the exhibit itself must have been magnificent. The layout of the book is quite good and well-organized, with a separate section for each da Vinci painting and related paintings and sketches. I would have appreciated more on the recently identified Salvator Mundi, which is the last painting listed in the book and seems to be almost an afterthought. A more detailed analysis of the painting, with supporting sketches, copies, and the like would have been of interest.

The photography is well done. Although this does not cover the whole of da Vinci's long career, it covers a central part of his life. A must-have for da Vinci fans.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nesmuck on June 9, 2013
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This is the next best thing to being there. The text is illuminating and the reproductions are first rate. It's not comprehensive, but that was never the intention of a catalog. That said, the essays are provoking and offer fresh interpretations of da Vinci's technique.
A must have for any admirer of the artist's work.
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