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Leonardo da Vinci (The Masters) Unknown Binding – 1966


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Product Details

  • Series: The Masters
  • Unknown Binding: 8 pages
  • Publisher: Purnell (1966)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0007IZ8JS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

When Leonardo da Vinci, a peasant girl's illegitimate son, in 1502 entered the service of bloody politician Cesare Borgia, the pope's illegitimate son and the model for Machiavelli's prince, the protean artist created magnificent, sophisticated maps of towns, cities, fortifications and Italy's coast. This is but one little-known aspect of da Vinci's work highlighted in a riveting collection of drawings, including the amazingly ethereal and lyrical A Tree, grotesques (e.g., An Ill-matched Couple), the Deluge series and apocalyptic renditions of the end of the world. This striking catalogue of an exhibition at Buckingham Palace through early 1997 ranges from a beautiful, expressive study of a woman's hands to preparatory sketches for The Last Supper, full-bodied mythological fantasies, designs for weapons and lucid, accurate anatomical illustrations (The Embryo in Utero). In an engaging essay complementing 120 color plates, Clayton, a curator at Windsor Castle, follows Leonardo's travels from Florence to France through his drawings.

Copyright 1996 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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From Library Journal

The disheartening paucity of finished works by Leonardo da Vinci is partially recompensed by the superabundance of surviving drawings. This excellent selection of 100 drawings from the Royal Collection at Windsor Castle offers not only an exquisite sampling of Leonardo's extraordinarily diverse graphic oeuvre but also a genuinely accessible scholarly introduction to the drawings as a whole. Brief but penetrating introductory essays aptly characterize the activities of each phase of his career, while the carefully wrought catalog entries?complemented by fine color reproductions?examine the manifold functions for which the drawings were employed. Students of Leonardo will appreciate curator Clayton's straightforward characterizations, his thoughtful reexamination of some pieces, the chronological setting, and his ability to articulate scholarly complexities in a lucid and unpedantic fashion. For most libraries.?Robert Cahn, Fashion Inst. of Technology, New York
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By K-TRON on September 5, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This excellent book focuses on Leonardo's drawings in the Royal Library at Windsor. Everyone has seen the Mona Lisa and the Last Supper, but Leonardo's greatest achievments are found in his drawings. Vivid HIGH QUALITY color reproductions are accompanied by insightful commentary and historical/biographical information. The book covers the whole breadth of Leonardo's intellectual development. 100 color drawings by history's greatest draftsman, and indeed one of most powerful minds the world has ever seen. As the book says "...[Leonardo's] drawings [are] the pure expression of his genius, boundless and magnificent."
What more could one want in a book? 5/5
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By H. M. Brenner on September 29, 2013
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I have a number of books from this series ("Library of Great Painters") that I've been working my way through after sitting on the shelf for a number of years. With very little art knowledge learning to appreciate the art of these masters has been rewarding especially the descriptions and explanations of the color plates, here this book disappoints. While most of the other books have all different paintings displayed I learned through this book that Leonardo had very few works that have survived and can be attributed to him. Many of the plates then are details of one work or pieces that once were attributed to him or are collaborative works that are speculated as to what he did or what remains of what he did. The drawings are definitely the highlight as well as the biographical information. Do I regret having the book, no and I would still recommend it.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 4, 2000
Format: Hardcover
It's not the best Da vinci book, but it has a LOT of drawings.
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