Leonardo da Vinci: The Complete Paintings and Drawings: a celebration of Leonardo’s 500th Anniversary from Taschen
Once opened, this huge, lavishly illustrated book is impossible to put down. Entitled Leonardo da Vinci: The Complete Paintings and Drawings, launched to celebrate Leonardo’s 500th Anniversary, it is the most comprehensive, beautifully produced book ever published on this genius whose work so enriched human lives. The Art Newspaper called it, ‘a sumptuous celebration’ of Leonardo’s oeuvre.
With large, full-bleed details of Leonardo’s masterworks (the double-page size is 17in across by 11 1/2in deep), the reader can inspect the most subtle facets of his work, from studies and sketches to finished works, and fascinating enlargements of the details, showing every brushstroke and use of colour.
Page after page shows the full glory of Leonardo’s work: the paintings, anatomy, botany, maps, architecture and inventions.
The text, by Frank Zollner, is equally fascinating. Even those fully familiar with Leonardo’s work will find many surprises and discover previously unseen works.
First published by Taschen to celebrate their own 25th anniversary, this new edition, with 704 pages between hard covers, is £40 plus delivery, for which our Members pay just £34 including UK mainland delivery. It is a book to treasure, and a very special gift.