Leonardo and the Last Supper
This is a fun examination (although it's hard not to use the word "romp") through the life of Leonardo da Vinci, with a recurring focus on the Last Supper. Wanna know if that stuff about the painting in The Da Vinci Code was true? Well, I can tell you that it's not, dummy, but if ...more
Mr. King has done it again – has managed to focus on a particular theme and give the reader as much information as needed to really understand it. Two of his earlier books accomplished the same thing, “Brunelleschi’s Dome,” and “Michelangelo and the Pope’s Ceiling,” both of which I can recommend. In this work, we are led through the obligatory early life of Leonardo – as much as is known – and the reputation he acquired in the world of patr ...more
Leonardo and the Last Supper tells the fascinating story of what went on behind the scenes when Leonardo da Vinci was commissioned to paint what became one of history's greatest masterpieces.
I have to share the glowing advance reviews of Ross King's new book LEONARDO AND THE LAST SUPPER. And I have to mention that I'm reading the galley and I agree with them.
"This is quintessential King territory, and his uniquely detailed, far-ranging, and engrossing chronicle of the creation of this revolutionary masterpiece ... perfectly complements his best-selling Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling (2003). Himself an exceptional portraitist and craftsman, King brings ...more
When there was discussion of how Leonardo actually worked or what his symbolism in his paintings meant, things got interesting. The history part...not my thing.
The book is also filled with illustrations, which were very helpful to understand certain points. It was unfortunate that the center spread, an oil painting reproduction of The Last Supper, couldn't have been a fold out to allow more s ...more
Before reading this book, I had heard of The Last Supper but knew absolutely nothing else about it other than that da Vinci had painted it, and so when I saw such a great deal, I had to pick it up especially since my sister just visited Italy and saw the Last Supper for herself. Needless to say I have learned a great deal (the author has done exhaustive research), and while this book is not a complete biography of Leonardo, it tells of his beginnings, and the author also sets the stage for ...more
The thing is, though, that Ross King is such a fine writer about art history (and general history)that, over the course of the 300 or so pages, he almost convinced me to care about Leonardo and his ill-conceived mural. Almost.
I guess I just cannot get into Italian Renaissance painting. I read ...more
This is just as much a history about Leonardo and the times as it is the “The Last Supper.” Though it is King’s desire to show that the influences of culture, commerce, food, fashion, politics, eclectic characters and religion inspired the insatiably curious artist to create one of the most masterful works of art in the history of the Western world. L ...more
The reason Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) was painting the Last Supper was that Lodovico Sforza (1452-1508) wanted to spruce up the Dominican convent of Santa Maria delle Graziein order to make it a fitting resting place for his family. Sforza could have such ambitions because he was determined to gain firm control over the city-state of Milan. Leonardo’s painting proved longer-lasting than Sforza’s political success, but required a lot of help to do so.
Francesco Sforza, father of Lodovicio, had
King (perhaps from experience or sheer talent) has a wonderful ability of covering numerous aspects regarding the life of Leonardo himself, the purpose and creation of the famous pa ...more
The book also disabuses many preconceived ...more
In a nutshell the book depicts the story of "The Last Supper" - from the moment of comissioning till it's completion, narrowing it's focus to couple of years. It gives a bit of background to ...more
As it turns out, it took Leonardo even longer to complete the original. According to this fascinating book, Leonardo was infamous in his own time for being a procrastinator and failing to finish commissioned paintings. In fact, it seems from Ki ...more
The book opens with an explanation of the the history of the area – specifically Milan, where the artist was commissioned to paint the fresco. Knowing the history is important in understanding how patronage works, and how politica ...more
Ross King (born July 16, 1962) is a Canadian novelist and non-fiction writer. He began his career by writing two works of historical fiction in the 1990s, later turning to non-fiction, and has since written several critically acclaimed and best-selling historical works.