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Leonardo Drawings (Dover Fine Art, History of Art) Paperback – May 1, 1980
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From the Back Cover
Although Leonardo da Vinci was one of the greatest artists who ever lived, his career was marked by an unusually large number of uncompleted projects and by finished works that rapidly deteriorated. Nevertheless, his influence is undoubted, and his claim to greatness rests chiefly on his drawings, which have been carefully preserved in such locations as Windsor Castle, the Louvre, the Uffizi Gallery, and the British Museum.
This collection, excellently reproduced in black-and-white, is representative of Leonardo's various achievements in many drawing media. Among the selections are drawings of plants, landscapes, animals, battles, weapons, and the human face and figure, as well as studies for later paintings or sculpture: a full compositional study for The Adoration of the Magi, a study for the angel's head in The Virgin of the Rocks, studies of horses for the Sforza monument, studies for The Last Supper, studies for The Battle of Anghiari, and an early cartoon for The Madonna with St. Anne.
Dover (1980) original publication.
About the Author
Thereza Wells is Head of Scientific Analysis at Universal Leonardo.
Martin Kemp is University Professor of the History of Art at the University of Oxford (Trinity College) and the author of The Oxford History of Western Art and Leonardo.
Top Customer Reviews
If you want a more beautiful book, Clayton's "LdV: A Singular Vision". It has many of the same drawings (and many more) cleaned up in full color (lines lighter, but still clear). Marani's "LdV: The Complete Paintings" also has clean reproductions of many of these drawings (usually smaller) and excellent reproductions of the paintings.
This book, being a collection of drawings, does little to teach, but it is a good reference and a standard of excellence for comparison with other drawings. I recommend it for any serious art student.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book, but the only downside is that the drawing are pretty small and dont give a great perspective on the work.Published on May 18, 2013 by john n yaou
A good book with useful information about its sketches shown inside.
Actually it is a good book for those who like to study more about art. Read more
This book is good ,my only problem are the drawings. They are not as clear and clean as some other books of drawings I have. In all this book is still a fair buy.Published on January 17, 2011 by pafox