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
One of the major events in the Passion of Christ is his last meal with his disciples. He prepares them for his departure, institutes the Eucharist, and identifies Judas as his betrayer.
During puberty, I usually ate supper looking at a print of Leonardo’s The Last Supper on the opposite wall, so I can attest that for me any mention of Christ’s last meal will always project an image of Leonardo’s painting, as it undoubtedly has for many millions of others in the last five centuries. It is a ...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.
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
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
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
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.
This sixteenth century story is liberally woven with tales of the continual wars involving various princes of Italy, Maximilian, the Holy Roman Emperor, Louis, duke of Orleans, and Charles VIII of France for the ultimate control of It ...more
For instance, while Leonardo was clearly a genius, he also fit the image of the eccentric. He had a hard time completing projects (hence, the relatively small portfolio of Leonardo artworks we have). His true interest wasn't even in art, but in engineering. He was always offering ...more
An excellent account of Leonardo da Vinci and the painting of The Last Supper on the refectory wall of Santa Maria della Gracie in Milan. The reader learns a lot about Leonardo's development of perspective and his eschewing of fresco....painting on wet plaster... instead applying tempera on dry wall. Coupled with the humidity of the site, The masterpiece began deteriorating almost from the beginning. KIng tells this st ...more
This book is an amazingly thorough history of Leonardo's The Last Supper. The discussion goes on tangents to describe the political and social influences in the region which provide context for the details in the painting.
This book told the story of Leonardo da Vinci against the backdrop of his (many) artistic frustrations and the machinations of his patron, Lodovico Sforza of Milan. Well-written and compelling, this book painted (haha, a pun!) a thoughtful picture of greater Renaissance Italy, especially its religious and political upheavals. Recommended for those interested in da Vinci, Renaissance paintings, and the history of Italy.
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.