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The Last Leonardo The Secret Lives of the World s Most Expensive Painting

by Ben Lewis
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
Release Date: 2019-04-18
Genre: Antiques & Collectibles
Pages: 176 pages
ISBN 13: 0877882487
ISBN 10: 9780877882480
Format: PDF, ePUB, MOBI, Audiobooks, Kindle


In 2017 the Salvator Mundi was sold at auction for $450m. But is it a real da Vinci? In a thrilling narrative built on formidable research, Ben Lewis tracks the extraordinary journey of a masterpiece lost and found, lied and fought over across the centuries.
The Last Leonardo: The Secret Lives of the World’s Most Expensive Painting
Language: en
Pages: 416
Authors: Ben Lewis
Categories: Antiques & Collectibles
Type: BOOK - Published: 2019-04-18 - Publisher: HarperCollins UK

In 2017 the Salvator Mundi was sold at auction for $450m. But is it a real da Vinci? In a thrilling narrative built on formidable research, Ben Lewis tracks the extraordinary journey of a masterpiece lost and found, lied and fought over across the centuries.
The Last Leonardo
Language: en
Pages: 407
Authors: Ben Lewis
Categories: Antiques & Collectibles
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-04-16 - Publisher: William Collins

In 2017 the Salvator Mundi was sold at auction for $450m. But is it a real da Vinci? In a thrilling narrative built on formidable research, Ben Lewis tracks the extraordinary journey of a masterpiece lost and found, lied and fought over across the centuries.
Leonardo's Salvator Mundi and the Collecting of Leonardo in the Stuart Courts
Language: en
Pages: 256
Authors: Martin Kemp, Robert B. Simon, Margaret Dalivalle
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2019-11-19 - Publisher: Oxford University Press

The Salvator Mundi is the first Leonardo painting to be discovered for over a century. Following its re-emergence, it played a leading role in the landmark Leonardo exhibition at the National Gallery in London in 2011, after which it was purchased by a Russian oligarch. In 2017 it was auctioned by Christie's in New York, fetching the world record price of $450m, and now forms part of the collection of Louvre Abu Dhabi. The Salvator Mundi may be seen as the devotional counterpart to the Mona Lisa, having an extraordinary, communicative presence. The artist has reformed the very traditional subject matter in a number of ways. The elusiveness of Christ's expression suggests his spiritual origins beyond the world of the senses. The traditional sphere of the earth has been transformed into a rock-crystal orb and signifies a crystalline sphere of the heavens. In addition to its spiritual dimension, the image exploits Leonardo's optical knowledge and his growing sense of the illusiveness of seeing. Only the blessing hand is in reasonably sharp focus, with his features softly veiled. The scintillating curls of his hair are characterised in line with his theory that the physics of the curling of hair is analogous to vortex motion in water. This book looks at evidence of Leonardo's Salvator Mundi in the collections of Charles I and Charles II. It explores the appraisal of works by Leonardo at the Stuart courts, and proposes that how works attributed to Leonardo were first encountered and understood in seventeenth-century Britain would shape the wider evolution of Leonardo as a cultural icon. This volume gives a dramatic first-hand account of the modern-day discovery of the painting, from its purchase in a minor New Orleans auction house, to the cleaning of the picture that would disclose it as Leonardo's startling original, and the research processes that would uncover illustrious and obscure former owners. The book presents the definitive study of the new masterpiece.
Leonardo. Art and science
Language: en
Pages: 144
Authors: Enrica Pescio
Categories: Art
Type: BOOK - Published: 2013-02-28 - Publisher: Taylor & Francis

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Leonardo's FRENCH 'Last Supper'
Language: en
Pages: 132
Authors: La C�ne Report
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2015-08-27 - Publisher:

Where are Leonardo's canvas oil paintings he described? This report analyzes the historical and scientific details of a powerful, large painting bought at auction in France. Carbon-14 dates the canvas to around 1460s and the painting to 1514, the time Leonardo was in Rome. It encapsulates the geopolitical strategy of Medici Pope Leo X to create an alliance with France and stop the early church reform. It shows striking improvements to the Milan 'Last Supper' incorporating a mathematical structure, the only painted self-portrait of Leonardo and a replacement of the 'Christ' figure by Julian, the brother of Pope Leo X, who married into the French royal family of Francis I. This great work captures the turning point to the modern era, freedom of thought, religious and political emancipation from the tyranny of the sword and superstition. X-ray photography reveals Leonardo signaled his initials on his final masterpiece, not once with his hands, nor twice but three times.
Leonardo and the Last Supper
Language: en
Pages: 336
Authors: Ross King
Categories: Art, Renaissance
Type: BOOK - Published: 2012-01-01 - Publisher: A&C Black

Milan, 1496 and forty-four-year-old Leonardo da Vinci has a reputation for taking on commissions and failing to complete them. He is in a state of professional uncertainty and financial difficulty. For eighteen months he has been painting murals in both the Sforza Castle in Milan and the refectory of the convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie. The latter project will become the Last Supper, a complex mural that took a full three years to complete on a surface fifteen feet high by twenty feet wide. Not only had he never attempted a painting of such size, but he had no experience whatsoever in painting in the physically demanding medium of fresco.For more than five centuries the Last Supper has been an artistic, religious and cultural icon. The art historian Kenneth Clark has called it 'the keystone of European art', and for a century after its creation it was regarded as nothing less than a miraculous image. Even today, according to Clark, we regard the painting as 'more a work of nature than a work of man'. And yet there is a very human story behind this artistic 'miracle', which was created against the backdrop of momentous events both in Milan and in the life of Leonardo himself.In Leonardo and the Last Supper, Ross King tells the complete story of this creation of this mural: the adversities suffered by the artist during its execution; the experimental techniques he employed; the models for Christ and the Apostles that he used; and the numerous personalities involved - everyone from the Leonardo's young assistants to Ludovico Sforza, the Duke of Milan who commissioned the work. Ross King's new book is both a record of Leonardo da Vinci's last five years in Milan and a 'biography' of one of the most famous works of art ever painted.
101 Things You Didn't Know about Da Vinci
Language: en
Pages: 256
Authors: Cynthia Phillips, Shana Priwer
Categories: Biography & Autobiography
Type: BOOK - Published: 2018-01-16 - Publisher: Simon and Schuster

Timed to coincide with the release of Walter Isaacson’s latest biography on the famous painter and inventor, as well as the latest thriller in Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code series, this book includes 101 in-depth facts about Leonardo Da Vinci. 101 Things You Didn’t Know About Da Vinci provides you with all the fascinating facts you didn’t know about the famous artist, inventor, and creator of the Mona Lisa and the Vitruvian Man, including details about his personal life, information about his inventions and art, his interactions with his contemporaries, and his impact on the world since his death. Some facts include: —Da Vinci was left handed, and wrote from right to left, even writing his letters backwards. —Da Vinci’s The Last Supper started peeling off the wall almost immediately upon completion, due to a combination of the type of paint Leonardo used and the humidity —Among Leonardo’s many inventions and creations was a mechanical lion he created to celebrate the coronation of King François I of France Whether you’re seeking inspiration, information, or interesting and entertaining facts about history’s most creative genius, 101 Things You Didn’t Know About Da Vinci has just what you’re looking for!
The Art of Looking at Art
Language: en
Pages: 296
Authors: Gene Wisniewski
Categories: Art
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-10-04 - Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

A readable guide to the art of looking at art. There’s an art to viewing art. A sizable portion of the population regards art with varying degrees of reverence, bewilderment, suspicion, contempt, and intimidation. Most people aren’t sure what to do when standing before a work of art, besides gaze at it for what they hope is an acceptable amount of time, and even those who visit galleries and museums regularly aren’t always as well versed as they wish they could be. This book will help remedy that situation and answer many of the most frequently asked questions pertaining to the matter of art in general: When was the first art made? Who decides which art is “for the ages”? What is art’s purpose? How do paintings get to be worth tens of millions of dollars? Where do artists get their ideas? And perhaps the most pressing question of all, have human cadavers ever been used as art materials? (Yup.) The Art of Looking at Art addresses these and countless more of the issues surrounding this frequently misunderstood microcosm, in a highly informative, yet conversational tone. History, fascinating and altogether human backstories, and information pertaining to every conceivable aspect of visual art are interwoven in twelve concise chapters, providing all the information the average person needs to comfortably approach, analyze, and appreciate art. Readers with a background in art will learn a few new things as well. This beautiful full-color book includes 45 full-page reproductions.
The Rough Guide to the Italian Lakes
Language: en
Pages: 384
Authors: Rough Guides
Categories: Travel
Type: BOOK - Published: 2015-05-01 - Publisher: Rough Guides UK

Now available as an epub, the Rough Guide to The Italian Lakes is the most authoritative guide to this exquisitely beautiful region. Clear maps and detailed coverage of every attraction, from dramatic Lake Garda and dreamy Lake Como to scenic journeys and unforgettable hideaways on charming Lake Maggiore and lesser-known lakes such as Orta, Iseo and Lugano. Discover the majestic beauty of Verona, as well as the best shopping in Milan and the finest art in Bergamo and Mantua (Mantova). Itineraries suggest tailored trips, while knowledgeable accounts bring the area's Baroque gardens and Renaissance palaces to life. Rely on up-to-date recommendations of the best restaurants, bars, cafés, shops and hotels for every budget and to suit every taste. Follow epic walks and cycle ways, explore lakeside villas, visit medieval villages. Relax, draw breath and lose yourself in the spectacular Italian Lakes, with sharp, intelligent writing from experienced authors. Make the most of your time on EarthTM with The Rough Guide to The Italian Lakes.
Renaissance Art/Architecture DBA
Language: en
Authors: Social Studies School Service
Categories: Travel
Type: BOOK - Published: 2002-01-01 - Publisher: Social Studies

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Putting Tradition into Practice: Heritage, Place and Design
Language: en
Pages: 1559
Authors: Giuseppe Amoruso
Categories: Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2017-07-19 - Publisher: Springer

This book gathers more than 150 peer-reviewed papers presented at the 5th INTBAU International Annual Event, held in Milan, Italy, in July 2017. The book represents an invaluable and up-to-date international exchange of research, case studies and best practice to confront the challenges of designing places, building cultural landscapes and enabling the development of communities. The papers investigate methodologies of representation, communication and valorization of historic urban landscapes and cultural heritage, monitoring conservation management, cultural issues in heritage assessment, placemaking and local identity enhancement, as well as reconstruction of settlements affected by disasters. With contributions from leading experts, including university researchers, professionals and policy makers, the book addresses all who seek to understand and address the challenges faced in the protection and enhancement of the heritage that has been created.
Humanism and Platonism in the Italian Renaissance: Humanism
Language: en
Pages: 652
Authors: James Hankins
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2003 - Publisher: Ed. di Storia e Letteratura

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