Leonardo da Vinci, Hardback
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Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) possessed one of the greatest minds of all time; his importance and influence are inestimable.

This XXL-format comprehensive survey is the most complete book ever made on the subject of this Italian painter, sculptor, architect, engineer, scientist and all-around genius.

With huge, full-bleed details of Leonardo's masterworks, this highly original publication allows the reader to inspect the subtlest facets of his brushstrokes.

Part I explores Leonardo's life and work in ten chapters, drawing upon his letters, contracts, diary entries, and writings.

All of his paintings are presented and interpreted in depth, with The Annunciation and The Last Supper featured on fold-out pages.

Part II comprises a catalogue raisonne of Leonardo's paintings, which covers all of his surviving and lost painted works and includes texts describing their states of preservation.

Each and every painting that can be justifiably attributed to Leonardo is included here; thanks to new findings and scientific research, this is the first time his definitive painting oeuvre is being published. Part III contains an extensive catalogue of his drawings (numbering in the thousands, they cannot all be reproduced in one book); 663 are presented, arranged by category (architecture, technical, anatomical, figures, proportion, cartography, etc).

Over half of the drawings included were provided by Windsor Castle, marking the first time that the Castle has allowed a publisher to reproduce so many of their drawings.

This sumptuous Taschen offering is the most thorough and beautifully produced Leonardo book ever published.




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A weighty yet beautiful tome.

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Although the high-end books of Taschen have always been extremely good, I believe they have outdone themselves this time. It is a wonderful compilation of all the paintings, sketches, and drawing of Leonardo, including amazing close-ups of some of the paintings that let you really appreciate his technique and mastery. The images have excellent quality and the additional information given is also useful to put the images into historical context. I don't think I need to go into how incredible Leonardo was as a painter, engineer, etc., but you will definitely be amazed by the contents of this book.

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