Leonardo da Vinci: The Marvellous Works of Nature and Man is the classic account of Leonardo's art, science, and thought, giving an unparalleled insight into the full range of his achievements. Taking the reader on a journey through the whole span of Leonardo's career, it illuminates the scientific, artistic, and intellectual foundations of masterpieces such as the Mona Lisa and the Last Supper. It elegantly combines biography with art criticism to show clearly how Leonardo's work developed over time and how he functioned both as a thinker and an artist. The Marvellous Works of Nature and Man is generously illustrated throughout with numerous plates and figures and including a new introductory chapter setting Leonardo's work in context.
This masterly account of Leonardo da Vinci and his vision of the world is now widely recognized as the classic treatment of Leonardo's art, science, and thought, giving an unparalleled insight into the broadening and deepening of Leonardo's intellect and vision throughout his artistic career.
Martin Kemp, one of the world's leading authorities on Leonardo, takes us on a journey through the whole span of the great man's career. From his early training in Florence, through masterpieces such as The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa, to the work of Leonardo's last years, this book gives a fully integrated picture of his artistic, scientific, and technological achievements.
Generously illustrated, and now including a new introductory chapter setting Leonardo's work in its historical context, this fully updated new edition provides an unparalleled insight into the marvellous works of this central figure in western art.