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- DescriptionLeonardo is the greatest, most multi-faceted and most mysterious of all Renaissance artists, but extraordinarily, considering his ermous reputation, this is the first full-length biography in English for several decades. Prize-winning author Charles Nicholl has immersed himself for five years in all the manuscripts, paintings and artefacts to produce an intimate portrait' of Leonardo. He uses these contemporary materials - his tebooks and sketchbooks, eye witnesses and early biographies, etc - as a way into the mental tone and physical texture of his life and has made myriad small discoveries about him and his work and his circle of associates. Among much else, the book identifies what Nicholl argues is an unkwn portrait of the artist hanging in a church near Lodi in rthern Italy. It also contains new material on his eccentric assistant Tomasso Masini, on his homosexual affairs in Florence, and on his curious relationship with a female model and/or prostitute from Cremona. A masterpiece of modern biography.
- Author BiographyCharles Nicholl's previous publications include The Reckoning: The Murder of Christopher Marlowe (winner of the James Tait Black Prize for Biography), Somebody Else: Arthur Rimbaud in Africa (Winner of the Hawthornden Prize), The Fruit Palace and The Creature in the Map.
- Author(s)Charles Nicholl
- PublisherPenguin Books Ltd
- Date of Publication07/04/2005
- SubjectBiography: The Arts
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintPenguin Books Ltd
- Content NoteIllustrations
- Weight460 g
- Width129 mm
- Height198 mm
- Spine28 mm
- Format DetailsB-format paperback
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- paul19114508 Nov, 2016by
Very detailed account of an incredible man's life, to include those surrounding him, family, influences of many kinds.
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