"...the main draw is the scale and detail of the really extraordinary illustrations, accompanied by quotations from Freud, Pater, Nietzsche, and other heavyweight admirers."
"...in a real sense these giant pages of detail let us explore the paintings freshly for the first time."
"...the mother of all coffee-table books."
"...providing a closer view of Mona Lisa and St John the Baptist than you'd ever get at the Louvre."
"The reader's first impression on opening this lavishly illustrated book is one of sumptuous celebration of the visual aspects of Leonardo's œuvre."
"Better start making serious room on your bookshelf. The XXL tome features supersized blowups of Leonardo's works, which are usually so difficult to see in those crowded, light-controlled museum galleries. A truly sumptuous undertaking."
Leonardo da Vinci. Complete Paintings and Drawings
Da Vinci in Detail
Leonardo’s life and work—the definitive editionLeonardo da Vinci (1452–1519) possessed one of the greatest minds of all time; his importance and influence are inestimable. This XXL-format comprehensive survey is the most complete book ever made on the subject of this Italian painter, sculptor, architect, engineer, scientist, and all-around genius. With huge full-bleed details of Leonardo’s masterworks, this highly original publication allows the reader to inspect the subtlest facets of his brushstrokes.
* Part I explores Leonardo’s life and work in ten chapters, drawing upon his letters, contracts, diary entries, and writings. All of his paintings are presented and interpreted in depth, with The Annunciation and The Last Supper featured on large double-spreads.
* Part II comprises a catalogue raisonné of Leonardo’s paintings, which covers all of his surviving and lost painted works and includes texts describing their states of preservation. Each and every painting that can be justifiably attributed to Leonardo is included here; thanks to new findings and scientific research, this is the first time his definitive painting oeuvre is being published.
* Part III contains an extensive catalogue of his drawings (numbering in the thousands, they cannot all be reproduced in one book); 663 are presented, arranged by category (architecture, technical, anatomical, figures, proportion, cartography, etc). Over half of the drawings included were provided by Windsor Castle, marking the first time that the Castle has allowed a publisher to reproduce so many of their drawings.
This landmark collection discusses the most recent findings of Leonardo scholarship and debates controversial new attributions. It also contains new images showing the spectacular restoration of Leonardo’s Virgin of the Rocks in the National Gallery, London; his Virgin and Child with St. Anne, in the Louvre, Paris; and the Mona Lisa in the Prado, Madrid.
This sumptuous TASCHEN offering is the most thorough and beautifully produced Leonardo book ever published.