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Leonardo's Incessant Last Supper

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  30 ratings  ·  3 reviews
A picture universally recognized, endlessly scrutinized and described, incessantly copied, adapted, lampooned: does Leonardo's near-ruined Last Supper still offer anything new to be seen or to be said? This book is a resounding Yes to both questions. With direct perception -- -and with attention paid to the work of earlier scholars and to the criticism embodied in the prod ...more
Hardcover, 312 pages
Published June 8th 2001 by Zone Books (NY) (first published May 1st 2001)
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Patrick Gibson
Milano, for me is La Scala. There is no other reason to visit. Although, once, on a bored afternoon, I decided to take a detour to see The Last Supper. It is located in one of the ugliest little buildings imaginable. The lines to get in are long. Once inside, there it is—in all its doorway-cut-through ragged peeling warped spender. Did I say ‘spender?’ Huh. The thing is a wreck. I couldn’t decide while standing in front of it, if the world has been sold a cosmic joke for four hundred years or if ...more
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I ended up skimming some of the more academic parts of this book, but overall it was a lot of fun to have an art history monograph in my hands again; it’s been a while. What was fascinating is how manifold the interpretations of this painting have been, and how they continue to accumulate by the decade--people have been discussing and debating its meaning(s) for more than half a millennium now. Steinberg rightly focuses on how Leonardo’s artistry made this multifaceted interpretation possible, r ...more
Farangis R
I love this fresco! It's a thousand times more fascinating when you see it live. 15 minutes is way too short to fully appreciate it, especially when you've read "Leonardo's Incessant Last Supper" beforehand.

I should say that the book is a great work, a bit too detailed though, not really suitable for an amateur like me. It is more like a textbook. I struggled a great deal to read pages and pages on the hands and feet of the apostles!
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