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Leonardo da Vinci

Marco Versiero

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edited by Marco Versiero

hardback with jacket
240 × 315 mm, 270 pp.
colour illustrations

isbn 978-88-7461-292-5 Italian

The volume, dedicated to the Renaissance genius Leonardo da Vinci, is not a simple monograph of the artist’s life, but is rather an intricate composition. In an unprecedented manner, historical sources and artistic productions are woven within this volume, expertly measured in an informed, yet accessible language. Owing to his major panel paintings and other works of less renown (numerous sketches and drawings, for example), the multifaceted quality of da Vinci’s career is uncovered. Da Vinci’s oeuvre embodies the coexistence of not only classical art, with its more “traditional” subjects but also military art, with drawings of innovative war machines; urban landscapes with hydraulic devices; and anatomy with its particularities of rare beauty. They are reproduced in images of highest quality, equipped with captions in English and Italian. The entire production should be read, furthermore, in light of a juxtaposition and confrontation with other innovators and figures of his time, among them Savonarola and Machiavelli, who are addressed in supplemental discussion notes.

This innovative book does not overlook even the latest discovered works, including the controversial La Bella Principessa (The Beautiful Princess), the Isleworth Mona Lisa, and the most recent and quite extraordinary Salvator Mundi.

Marco Versiero

Marco Versiero holds a PhD in Political Philosophy (2009) and in Modern Italian Literature (2014). He received the National Scientific Qualification for Associate Professors (2013) and he taught History of Political Doctrines at Naples Eastern University. Under the direction of Professor Pietro C. Marani, he curated the catalogues Politics and Allegories (2010) and The Deluge and the Prophecy (2012), which pertained to two of the 24 exhibitions on the Codex Atlanticus of the Biblioteca Ambrosiana in Milan. He has also contributed to the exhibition catalogue “Leonardo da Vinci, 1452-1519: The Design of the World”, curated by Pietro C. Mariani and Maria T. Fiorio (Milan, Palazzo Reale, 2015). He is a regular member of the “Ente Raccolta Vinciana” in Milan and member of the Leonardo da Vinci Society of London. Furthermore, he is the author of the doctoral dissertation “Il Dono della libertà e l’ambizione dei tiranni. L’arte della politica nel pensiero di Leonardo da Vinci” (“The Gift of Freedom and the Ambition of Tyrants: Political Art According to Leonardo da Vinci”) at The Italian Institute for Philosophical Studies in Naples in 2012. He also wrote “Leonardo in “chiaroscuro”, Between Savonarola and Machiavelli, c. 1494-1504” (Mantova, Il Rio Arte, 2015). His writings are passionate, visual, and compelling, particularly suited for wide distribution.