Leonardo and the Last Supper by Ross King, Paperback | Barnes & Noble®Buy from other retailers. Early in , Leonardo da Vinci began work in Milan on what would become one of history's most influential and beloved works of art--The Last Supper. After a dozen years at the court of Lodovico Sforza, the Duke of Milan, Leonardo was at a low point personally and professionally: at 43, in an era when he had almost reached the average life expectancy, he had failed, despite a number of prestigious commissions, to complete anything that truly fulfilled his astonishing promise. His latest failure was a giant bronze horse to honor Sforza's father: his 75 tons of bronze had been expropriated to be turned into cannon to help repel a French invasion of Italy. The commission to paint The Last Supper in the refectory of a Dominican convent was a small compensation, and his odds of completing it were not promising: Not only had he never worked on a painting of such a large size' high x 30' wide--but he had no experience in the extremely difficult medium of fresco. In his compelling new book, Ross King explores how--amidst war and the political and religious turmoil around him, and beset by his own insecurities and frustrations--Leonardo created the masterpiece that would forever define him. King unveils dozens of stories that are embedded in the painting.
The Last Supper
This restoration took 21 years and, a visit to the adjacent Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, the more reflective narrative of the creation of the painting often struggles to keep up. In contrast, on 28 May. It is also possible to request a visit with a private guide that includ. Leonardo reportedly used the likenesses of people in and around Milan as inspiration aupper the painting's figures.
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L eonardo da Vinci's dramatic Last Supper in the former refectory of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan is the largest of his paintings — it covers over 40 sq m of the refectory's north wall — and many think it his greatest. It would probably be called the most famous painting in the world if that unverifiable accolade had not already been accorded to a certain moody portrait of a Florentine housewife, which he also did. It took him and his team of assistants about three years to complete. No contract for it survives, but it was almost certainly commissioned by his patron, Lodovico Sforza, in , and we know he was still at work on it in because an entry in the monastery accounts records a payment to some workmen for repairing "a window in the refectory where Leonardo is painting the Apostles". Numerous sketches, notes and preparatory drawings chart the long and sometimes troubled gestation of "this restless masterpiece" as Jacob Burckhardt described it , and the latest restoration, completed in , has revealed a wealth of information about the techniques Leonardo used. One important technical fact that has been known for centuries is that The Last Supper was not painted using traditional fresco technique watercolour and egg-tempera on moist plaster but with an experimental oil-based medium.
The Apostles are seated in groups of three, and the shape of Jesus' figure resembles a triangle, and the opportunity to rethink and rework as he went along - but in practical terms it was a disaster. Open Preview See a Problem. King's books aren't always the easiest to read but they are always bok the effort. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The chief advantage of this was compositional - oils gave him the subtle tonalities that were lwonardo trademark?
It is one of the Western world's most recognizable paintings. The work is assumed to have been started around —96 and was commissioned as part of a plan of renovations to the church and its convent buildings by Leonardo's patron Ludovico Sforza , Duke of Milan. The painting represents the scene of the Last Supper of Jesus with his apostles, as it is told in the Gospel of John , Due to the methods used, a variety of environmental factors, and intentional damage, only little of the original painting remains today despite numerous restoration attempts, the last being completed in The theme was a traditional one for refectories , although the room was not a refectory at the time that Leonardo painted it. The main church building had only recently been completed in , but was planned by Ludovico Sforza to be remodeled as a family mausoleum. The opposite wall of the refectory is covered by the Crucifixion fresco by Giovanni Donato da Montorfano , to which Leonardo added figures of the Sforza family in tempera ; these figures have deteriorated in much the same way as has The Last Supper.
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