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
Everything you wanted to know about Michaelangelo life, how he painted this, how the colors are made, are all discussed. Then he delves into the mind of Michaelangelo to interpret how (and after whom) the faces are drawn. What the apostle's may have been thinking at the time and even the placement of hands and positions of the bodies are all anal ...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.
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
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
I have lots of conflicting feelings about this book. The writing was good throughout. The parts about the gospels were excellent. The discussions about symbolism were all quite good. The science of 15th century painting was interesting. The many parts unrelated to The Last Supper were hard for me to get through (Lodovico Sforza, King Charles VIII of France and so many others that contributed nothing to the story). The vague references about Leonardo's possible homosexuality were unnece ...more
King uses da Vinci’s mural as the center of a story that reaches out in all directions. Milanese history, biblical foundations, da Vinci’s life, religious practices, social norms, and p ...more
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 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
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
Instead, the book was a mishmash of items totally unrelated to the Last Supper including war in Italy, clothes Leonardo and his assistants wore, how many children and wives his father had, what diseases people had, and what Leonardo's sexual orientation might have been.
It also seems like every other sentence had the word "maybe", "as ...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.
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
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.