Leonardo and the Last Supper Hardcover – Sep 25 2012
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Winner of the 2012 Governor General’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction
Amazon.ca - Best 100 Books of 2012
SHORTLISTED 2012 – Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction
Finalist for the 2013 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction
“King’s investigation into Leonardo’s work is remarkable . . . . King is able to evoke and analyze how Leonardo went about his work and offers a brief, unforgettable, story.”
“The story of Leonardo’s creation of the work has now found an ideal chronicler in Ross King . . . . A book that offers an engaging and unusually intimate view of one of the great icons of western art.”
—The Guardian (UK)
“A gripping account . . .”
—The New York Times
“King has made something like a thriller without any of the obvious materials of a thriller—there’s hardly any conflict in the main plot—and an easy read out of difficult stuff without condescending or insulting. You may not think you need one more book about Leonardo, but you shouldn’t deny yourself the pleasure of reading this one.”
“King tells us everything that any non-specialist would ever want to know about The Last Supper and the events surrounding its creation. . . . This work, even in its dilapidated, faded current state, can still tempt some of its viewers to explain, as Ross King has done well, its peculiar magic.”
—The Globe and Mail
About the Author
ROSS KING is the author of The Judgment of Paris, Brunelleschi's Dome, Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling, and the novels Ex-Libris and Domino. Born and raised in Canada, he now lives near Oxford, England.
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Top Customer Reviews
Ing brings them alive in a new and exciting way for me. The history covered here was of great interest to me and helped me clearly visualize the period of Leonardo Da Vinci's life. He covers not only the time of the creation for the fresco of the Last Supper but he years before and after. I always look forward to a Ross
King novel and was definitely not disappointed with this one.
Literally, all aspects appear to be covered: Leonardo's own biography, the political, economic and military context that led to the painting's production, the contents of the work based on Biblical sources, the actual making of the painting, how it has (partially) withstood the trials of time, etc.
The writing style is lively and, despite the amount of information conveyed, the book is of reasonable length and constantly interesting.
The only shortcoming is the lay-out which is hopelessly traditional with rough grained black and white photographs inserted in the main text and all colour photos grouped together in a few pages in the middle of the book. It turns out that no colour photo of the fresco is actually provided!
Nevertheless, this book is strongly recommended to all interested in Italy, art or the Renaissance.
Most recent customer reviews
Ross King once again details the world of Renaissance Italy with this complete story of never before heard behind the scenes look at the making of Leonardo's masterpiece. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Merisi
A really good read. I find it difficult to put down once I start reading.Published 9 months ago by Martin
Informative and good read. The book is not "dry" history, its actually very entertaining. I enjoyed this. Read morePublished on Sept. 28 2013 by Bootsy Bass