Leonardo Da Vinci: The 100 Milestones
'Kemp sheds fascinating light on Leonardo's scientific, specifically anatomical sketches. The fine-lined, painstakingly intricate 'Studies of the Fetus in the Womb and of the Placenta' and 'Demonstration of the Irrigation Systems of a Female Body, ' for instance, showcase a 'wholly novel ... diagrammatic technique, ' not to mention the left-handed da Vinci's idiosyncratic mirrored writing style: He wrote right to left. They also betray that this pre-eminent student of exteriors and man-made inventions also harbored a profound -- and at the time quite avant-garde -- obsession with human interiority.' - The New York Times
A fascinating book looking at Da Vinci's genius through 100 of his masterpieces
To commemorate the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci's death, world-renowned da Vinci expert Martin Kemp explores 100 of the master's milestones in art, science, engineering, architecture, anatomy, and more. Leonardo da Vinci was born in the small Tuscan town of Vinci in April 1452. Over the centuries, he has become one of the most famous people in the history of visual culture.
Spring 2019 marks the 500th anniversary of his death in May 1519, with exhibitions and events planned across Europe and the United States. This lavishly illustrated volume by Martin Kemp--one of the world's leading authorities on da Vinci--offers a fresh way of looking at the master's work. Kemp focuses on 100 key, broadly chronological milestones that cover an extraordinary range of topic across Leonardo's many fields of discipline: painting, where he brought new levels of formal and emotional grandeur to his works, including The Last Supper and Portrait of Lisa del Giocondo (the "Mona Lisa"); anatomical studies, which are extraordinary for their sense of form and function (Studies of the Optics of the Human Eye and Ventricles of the Brain); engineering marvels, noted for their range and extraordinary visual quality (Gearing for a Clockwork Mechanism and Wheels without Axles and Designs for a Flying Machine); and his progressive engagement with a range of sciences--anatomy, optics, dynamics, statics, geology, and mathematics.
- Author: Martin Kemp
- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Date published: May 2019
- Language: English
- ISBN: 978-1454930426
- Product Dimensions: 28.5 x 24.6 cm