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A true genius whose talents embraced painting, engineering, anatomy, and flight, Leonardo da Vinci was, and remains, an extraordinary human being, indeed one of the most intriguing figures in world history, as the recent success of The Da Vinci Code attests. Now, in this new biography, Martin Kemp explores the essential nature of this forever fascinating artist-engineer, both as an individual and as a historical phenomenon. How can we best understand Leonardo? How did his mind work, was he prolific but scattered in his thinking, or is there a method in what often seems to be his madness? Was he basically an artist who also pursued science and technology, or was science (his understanding of the physical world) central to his artistic vision? In Leonardo, Martin Kemp offers a vivid portrait of the Renaissance giant that answers these questions and more. The book takes us on an absorbing journey through the life and work of Leonardo, looking first at the historical man, portraying an impressive and cultivated figure, an artist who in truth completed few paintings, rarely satisfied a commission, and yet lived in style and ended his career with a massive salary. More important, the author examines the ideas underlying Leonardo's investigations of nature, illuminating his vision of the artist-engineer as matching nature itself in his creativity. Kemp argues that Leonardo's apparent diversities reveal a desire to find an inner unity in the functioning of everything in the observable world. For Leonardo, writes Kemp, every act of looking and drawing was an act of analysis, and he used these analyses to re-make and re-interpret his surroundings. In a final chapter, Kemp also comments on the Da Vinci Code and the continuing public appetite for Leonardo and his doings. Beautifully illustrated with a unique thumbnail museum that offers a tour of all Leonardo's paintings, plus 30 additional illustrations and life-size reproductions of pages from his famous notebooks, Leonardo is a powerful portrait of one of the towering geniuses of world history.

Synopsis:

A unique new approach to Leonardo da Vinci's life and work from a leading authority. The book steps beyond the traditional biography to explore and convey the very essence of the artist, not only as an individual, but as an historical phenomenon. Beautifully illustrated with twenty full colour plates and numerous black and white illustrations.

Synopsis:

A true genius whose talents embraced painting, engineering, anatomy and human flight, Leonardo da Vinci was an extraordinary human being, indeed one of the most intriguing figures in world history. In this biography, Martin Kemp offers a vivid portrait of the Renaissance giant that explores<br>the essential nature of this forever fascinating artist-engineer, both as an individual and as a historical phenomenon, feeding the the continuing public appetite for Leonardo and his doings found in The Da Vinci Code.<br>Kemp takes us on an absorbing journey through the life and work of Leonardo, looking first at the historical man, portraying an impressive and cultivated figure, an artist who in truth completed few paintings, rarely satisfied a commission, and yet lived in the style and ended his career with a<br>massive salary. More important, the author examines the ideas underlying Leonardo's investigations of nature, illuminating his vision of the artist-engineer as matching nature itself in his creativity. Kemp argues that Leonardo's apparent diversities reveal a desire to find an inner unity in the<br>functioning of everything in the observable world. For Leonardo, writes Kemp, every act of looking and drawing was an act of analysis, and he used these analyses to re-make and re-interpret his surroundings.<br>Beautifully illustrated with a unique thumbnail museum that offers a tour of all Leonardo's paintings, plus 30 additional illustrations and life-size reproductions of pages from his famous notebooks, Leonardo is a powerful portrait of one of the towering geniuses of world history.

About the Author

Martin Kemp is University Professor of the History of Art at the University of Oxford, Trinity College. The author of The Oxford History of Western Art, he is an eminent art historian who has carried out extensive research into the art, science, and technology of Leonardo.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements


Introduction


Leonardo and the "abbreviators"


1. A Strange Career


2. Looking


3. Body and Machine


4. The World's Body


5. Telling Tales


6. Lisa's Room


List of Figures


Leonardo's Life in Outline


A Thumbnail Gallery


Further Reading


Product Details

ISBN:
9780192806444
Author:
Kemp, Martin
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Author:
null, Martin
Subject:
Artists, Architects, Photographers
Subject:
Art
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
History - Renaissance
Subject:
Architecture | History | Renaissance
Subject:
Art and Architecture | History | Renaissance
Subject:
Art & Architecture | History | Renaissance
Copyright:
Series Volume:
No. 1
Publication Date:
20060119
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
24 figures, 23 halftones, 20 color plate
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
7.72x5.16x.61 in. .91 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , A unique new approach to Leonardo da Vinci's life and work from a leading authority. The book steps beyond the traditional biography to explore and convey the very essence of the artist, not only as an individual, but as an historical phenomenon. Beautifully illustrated with twenty full colour plates and numerous black and white illustrations.

"Synopsis" by , A true genius whose talents embraced painting, engineering, anatomy and human flight, Leonardo da Vinci was an extraordinary human being, indeed one of the most intriguing figures in world history. In this biography, Martin Kemp offers a vivid portrait of the Renaissance giant that explores<br>the essential nature of this forever fascinating artist-engineer, both as an individual and as a historical phenomenon, feeding the the continuing public appetite for Leonardo and his doings found in The Da Vinci Code.<br>Kemp takes us on an absorbing journey through the life and work of Leonardo, looking first at the historical man, portraying an impressive and cultivated figure, an artist who in truth completed few paintings, rarely satisfied a commission, and yet lived in the style and ended his career with a<br>massive salary. More important, the author examines the ideas underlying Leonardo's investigations of nature, illuminating his vision of the artist-engineer as matching nature itself in his creativity. Kemp argues that Leonardo's apparent diversities reveal a desire to find an inner unity in the<br>functioning of everything in the observable world. For Leonardo, writes Kemp, every act of looking and drawing was an act of analysis, and he used these analyses to re-make and re-interpret his surroundings.<br>Beautifully illustrated with a unique thumbnail museum that offers a tour of all Leonardo's paintings, plus 30 additional illustrations and life-size reproductions of pages from his famous notebooks, Leonardo is a powerful portrait of one of the towering geniuses of world history.
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