Leonardo and the Last Supper
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Description: Early in 1495, Leonardo da Vinci began work in Milan on what would become one of history’s most influential and beloved works of art—The Last Supper. After a dozen years at the court of Lodovico Sforza, the Duke of Milan, Leonardo was at a low point personally and professionally: at forty-three, in an era when he had almost reached the average life expectancy, he had failed, despite a number of prestigious commissions, to complete anything that truly fulfilled his astonishing promise. His latest failure was a giant bronze horse to honor Sforza’s father: His 75 tons of bronze had been expropriated to be turned into cannons to help repel a French invasion of Italy. The commission to paintThe Last Supperin the refectory of a Dominican convent was a small compensation, and his odds of completing it were not promising: Not only had he never worked on a painting of such a large size—15' high x 30' wide—but he had no experience in the extremely difficult medium of fresco.In his compelling new book, Ross King explores how—amid war and the political and religious turmoil around him, and beset by his own insecurities and frustrations—Leonardo created the masterpiece that would forever define him. King unveils dozens of stories that are embedded in the painting. Examining who served as the models for the Apostles, he makes a unique claim: that Leonardo modeled two of them on himself. Reviewing Leonardo’s religious beliefs, King paints a much more complex picture than the received wisdom that he was a heretic. The food that Leonardo, a famous vegetarian, placed on the table reveals as much as do the numerous hand gestures of those at Christ’s banquet.As King explains, many of the myths that have grown up aroundThe Last Supperare wrong, but its true story is ever more interesting. Bringing to life a fascinating period in European history, Ross King presents an original portrait of one of the world’s greatest geniuses through the lens of his most famous work.
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Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Walker & Company
Publication date: 10/30/2012
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
|Map of Italy in 1494|
|Sforza-Visconti Family Tree|
|The Last Supper with Apostles Identified|
|The Bronze Horse|
|Portrait of the Artist as a Middle-Aged Man|
|Dinner in Jerusalem|
|The Holy League|
|"Trouble from This Side and That"|
|Every Painter Paints Himself|
|A Sense of Perspective|
|A Sense of Proportion|
|The Beloved Disciple|
|Food and Drink|
|The Language of the Hands|
|"No One Loves the Duke"|
|Epilogue: Tell Me If I Ever Did a Thing|