Leonardo da Vinci is often considered the master of the Renaissance and hailed as a genius ahead of his time. Most famous for such works as the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper, Leonardo da Vinci was more than a painter of extraordinary skill. In fact, he frequently regarded himself principally as a civil and military engineer.
The Treasures of Leonardo da Vinci tells the story of this artist/engineer's life and times, and looks at the major themes that dominated Leonardo's work. Beautifully illustrated, the book also contains 30 items of rare memorabilia, including:
the record of Leonardo's birth made by his grandfather in 1452
Leonardo's copy of his letter to Ludovico Sforza, the Duke of Milan from 1483
the passport given to Leonardo by Cesare Borgia
Leonardo's map of Imola
an extract from Leonardo's notes on machines that polish mirrors
pages from Antonio de Beatis's diary mentioning the Mona Lisa
The Treasures of Leonardo da Vinci is a unique guide to this most gifted of men.
About the Author
Matthew Landrus is is a specialist on the early modern history of art and science in Italy. As an associate lecturer for the Open University, he teaches a course on Leonardo da Vinci. He has taught Renaissance and medieval art history at Oxford University and Rhode Island School of Design, and has published a number of articles on Leonardo, and is now working on a book about Leonardo's Giant Crossbow.