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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.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780061136849
Publisher: Harper
Publication Date: May 5th, 2006
Pages: 64
Language: English

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