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The Da Vinci Legacy : How a 16th Century Solitary Genius Became a Global Pop Icon
by Jean-Pierre Isbouts and Christopher Heath Brown


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For the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci's death, an acclaimed art historian and an art connoisseur uncover how this elusive artist became a pop icon with megastar status in modern times.

Virtually everyone would agree that Leonardo da Vinci was the most important artist of the High Renaissance.  Read more...


 
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Overview

For the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci's death, an acclaimed art historian and an art connoisseur uncover how this elusive artist became a pop icon with megastar status in modern times.

Virtually everyone would agree that Leonardo da Vinci was the most important artist of the High Renaissance. Although he produced few finished works, it was Leonardo who singlehandedly created the defining features of Western art: a realism based on subtle shading; depth using atmospheric effects; and dramatic contrasts between light and dark.

What has never been told before, however, is how these revolutionary inventions were inserted into the bloodstream of Western art--and how they made Leonardo the internationally-renowned icon he is today. This is the great mystery of Leonardo's legacy: if his tangible output was so limited, how did his mystique as a solitary genius survive five centuries of European history? And why does it continue to fascinate us in modern times?

The da Vinci Legacy is the first book to unravel this mystery by taking an immersive journey through the art, literature, science, and politics of Europe, from the Renaissance to today. Through captivating text enhanced by one hundred color images, this book takes off where Walter Isaacson's portrait of Leonardo left off. It captures not only the reason for the enduring allure of The Mona Lisa and The Last Supper but also explores the secrets of Leonardo's creativity, and the strange phenomena that intervened to make sure Leonardo was not forgotten to the dusty pages of history.


 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781948062343
  • ISBN-10: 1948062348
  • Publisher: Apollo Publishers
  • Publish Date: April 2019
  • Page Count: 288


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Books > Art > History - Renaissance
Books > Art > Individual Artists - General
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