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  • Hardcover: 696 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen GmbH (28 Mar 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3822817341
  • ISBN-13: 978-3822817346
  • Product Dimensions: 33 x 9.5 x 50.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,069 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Professor Frank Zollner wrote his doctoral theses on artistic and architectural theory (1987) and Leonardo da Vinci (1996). He has written numerous publications on the art and artistic theory of the Renaissance and on Paul Klee. Since 1996 he has been Professor of Renaissance and Modern Art at Leipzig University. He is also the author of Taschen's 1998 monograph on Leonardo da Vinci. Johannes Nathan studied art history at New York University (B.A.) and the Courtauld Institute of Art in London (M.A.), where he earned his Ph.D. in 1995 with a dissertation on the working methods of Leonardo da Vinci. He has taught New York University and at the University of Berne, Switzerland, where he is now directing the "artcampus" project. He is the author of a range of publications on the art of the Italian Renaissance, as well as on artists' working methods.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Jun 2003
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The reproductions in this book are fantastic. They are huge. Some of the pages feature blown up parts of his paintings or drawings on a scale I dont think anyone has seen before. A real pleasure to browse. While you'll love this book, have a heart for the postman who has to deliver this massive heavy book. I bought this book so I could study his style and its easily done with such large images. Well worth every penny if you like Da Vinci's work.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 May 2003
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If only there were books like this on all the other artists: I'd buy the lot. Huge (and I mean HUGE), superb reproductions of all of Leonardo's paintings and most of his drawings. There is page after page after page to look and wonder at. The book (which is 11.5 x 17.5 x3.5 ins) is also very solidly made with a stitched binding, and doesn't seem likely to come apart easily, as can be the case with other folio-sized books.
My only quibble is that sometimes the scale of the reproductions seems unnecessarily large (eg really gigantic blow-ups of small ink drawings), which resize and recompose - and so in effect, redraw - Leonardo's drawings with a modern eye. I'd prefer them all at their actual size wherever possible - exactly as they were conceived. But this is book is so good I can live with it. And where else could you buy something like this for £70?
Astounding.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Feb 2005
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Excellent book. ALL of the major paintings attributed to Leonardo are reproduced in the first 200 pages or so, with each painting given at least one full-page reproduction, and huge details.
This section is followed by a catalogue raisonné, which traditionally gives only a small picture as reference because its main function is as a history and criticism of the painting at issue.
The remainder of the book, some 400+ pages, shows the drawings. Worth buying for the drawings alone!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Alan Kennedy on 17 Jun 2003
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I recieved this book recently as a birthday present and am delighted with it.
Taschen produce exceptionally well printed books and this is no exception. They use a five colour process which give a fine quality to each page. You could buy this book for the prints alone, however, it is also very well researched and includes comprehensive histories of each painting.
By the way, this book is huge. Consider reinforcing your bookshelf.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Road Apple VINE VOICE on 23 Oct 2005
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This is an astonishing book, by virtue of the fact that Leonardo Da Vinci's work is so mesmerising. The photographic reproductions are second to none, the size and scope of the book is astounding. I consider the price to be a bargain, especially as it is without doubt a book you will keep for a lifetime. I only take off one star for the reproduction of The Last Supper, that dissappoints because it's printed over two pages. A shame considering it is one of Da Vinci's most interesting pieces. However, this book is an excellent purchase and highly recommended.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Jun 2003
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I borrowed this book from the library, thinking it must cost a few hundred pounds. it is ENORMOUS and every page has very high quality reproductions of the master's work. The quality of the accompanying text is also very good, explaining what message da Vinci was trying to convey and what techniques he used to convey it. The quality of the images and da Vinci's own gift for drawing make it an outstanding experience to turn the pages - some of the pages almost make you gasp on first seeing them.
This is an ideal present for a friend or relation who has an interest in art, and it's worth buying if you like da Vinci. It cannot possibly be called a coffee table book because it is so big it is about the same size as a small coffee table itself.
Highly recommended.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Prof E. Gross on 23 Feb 2005
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The closest to having the Mona Lisa hanging on your wall.
The best one night stand I have ever had - actually it took me more than one night to explore the book -
I do not recall enjoying a book that much in my life.
It was a high level sensual experience. Who cares about the text... write your own...
I am a Prof of Physics and a Rock Musician (for your ref of the reviewer) - and this book rocks the bottom of anyone who has some artistic soul hidden inside him. It worths 10 times more than its price!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Datta on 18 May 2013
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I had the privilege of going to the National Gallery Da Vinci exhibition in 2012 and was able to view these beautiful
Paintings.
Whilst it is difficult to transpose the qualities of the work into printed form I believe this book has done so, it depicts
Leonardo's art work and drawings in a faithful light.
It is an beautiful reproduced book and goes into detail my criticism of it would be that it does not provide enough narrative on Leonardo for such a monumental talent a detailed narrative is in my opinion a must.
Many know his work as he is iconic but little is known about him and I feel this elevates his mystique,
I would recommend this book for those whom have an interest in the works of the maestro and those whom
Wish to view his works, it is as near a reproduction in print you will get to appreciating his genius.
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