Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) accomplished many astounding works of art such as "Mona Lisa" and "The Last Supper". Featuring anatomical drawings, geometrical illustrations, as well as life of Leonardo, this book aims to serve as a primer for students interested in learning the craft of drawing and painting.
The much overused word genius aptly describes only a few people in the history of civilisation. Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) unquestionably belongs in this elite group. Anyone who has looked in amazement at the "Mona Lisa", "The Last Supper", or the many drawings that sprang from his fertile imagination may wonder how he accomplished these astounding works of art. Fortunately for posterity, Leonardo left his "Treatise on Painting", essentially a primer for students interested in learning the craft of drawing and painting. This outstanding edition - complete with anatomical drawings by the French classicist master Nicholas Poussin (1594-1665) and geometrical illustrations by the great Italian Renaissance architect Leon Battista Alberti (1404-1472), as well as an informative life of Leonardo and an appendix that lists the artist's manuscripts, principal paintings, and drawings - will make an attractive addition to the libraries of art students, art historians, and anyone interested in the works of the original 'Renaissance Man'.
Often called the Universal Man, this genius in science, engineering, aeronautics, technology was also one of the world's greatest painters, as well as a sculptor, an architect, and a town planner. Born in Vinci, Leonardo was apprenticed as a 14-year-old to the sculptor-painter Andrea Verrocchio in Florence. In 1482, he went to Milan as a military engineer, sculptor, and architect, and remained there for 17 years. While in Milan, he designed the crossing tower of the Milan cathedral and, among many other works, painted The Last Supper (1496--97), a mural in the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazi
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