Leonardo Da Vinci and the Art of Sculpture, by Gary M. Radke; With contributions by Martin J. Kemp, Pietro C. Marani, Andrea B
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- ISBN: 9780300154733 | 0300154739
- Cover: Trade Book
- Copyright: 11/24/2009
Leonardo da Vinci (14521519) is renowned as a painter, designer, draftsman, architect, engineer, scientist, and theorist. His work as a sculptor is not commonly acknowledged, and many have argued that Leonardo believed that sculpture was an inferior art form ("of lesser genius than painting"). Challenging and overturning these assumptions,Leonardo da Vinci and the Art of Sculpturelooks at the sculptural projects that the artist undertook, as well as the late Renaissance sculptures that were indebted to him. Leonardo consistently drew inspiration from ancient sculpture, admired the work of such contemporary sculptural innovators as Donatello, and even trained under Andrea del Verrocchio, the preeminent bronze sculptor of late 15th-century Florence. Furthermore, Leonardo spent many years of his life working on two larger-than-life-sized horse sculpturesSforza and Trivulziofor King Francis I. Although neither was completed, the authors argue that these equestrian monuments show how Leonardo was intensely engaged with the design dilemmas of representing a horse rearing on its hind legs. Another highlight of the book is a group of new images of theSermon of St. John, a recently restored large-scale work in the Florentine Baptistery that clearly demonstrates Leonardo's collaboration with Giovanni Rustici.