Monday, 2 March 2015

Book 5: A non-fiction book

Leonardo da Vinci by Maurice Brockwell

"Everyone laments the loss of a man whose like Nature cannot produce a second time."

A very short book, this was. Finished it in less than 12 hours. Was so happy to stumble upon it, since I have always been fascinated with Da Vinci's works, especially Mona Lisa and The Vitruvian Man, it was a chance for me to get to know this man behind these great pieces of work/art.

The book starts from Leonardo di Ser Piero di Ser Guido da Vinci's birth, to his early training under Andrea del Verrochio, his early works (including The Annunciation which now lies in the Louvre and another Annunciation painting lying in the Uffizi Gallery), his visit to Milan entering the service of Ludovico Sforza where he painted the 'Vierge aux Rochers' which now lies in the Louvre.

In Milan he attempted to work on the statue of Sforza, making little progress. He also  (may have) painted the lost portrait of Cecilia Gallerini, one of Sforza's mistresses.

There are stories of Da vinci spending years under the Sultan Of Egypt, travelling in Armenia as his engineer then returning to Milan as general artificer where he began to work on the 'Treatise Painting' and Francesco Sforza's statue, which was then destroyed by the French in 1500.

Other works featured in the biography include 'The Virgin of The Rocks', the 'Last Supper' which he painted for the end wall of the Refectory of the Dominican Convent of S. Maria delle Grazie at Milan, 'The Head of Christ' which now lies in the Brera Gallery, Milan, the presumed portrait of Lucrezia Crivelli, now in the Louvre and the portrait of Mona Lisa,  which now lies in the Louvre.

Lisa di Antoni di Noldo Gherardin  aka 'La Joconde' is the lady behind one of Leonardo's famous art works, the Mona Lisa also known as 'La Joconde'.

After residing in the Vatican under Giovanni de' Medici as Pope, studying acoustics, geometry, engineering, anatomy, optics, geology, three years before his death, da Vinci moved to France. On May 2, 1519, he passed on.

"Mr. Lionard de Vincy, the noble Milanese, painter, engineer, and architect to the King, State Mechanician " and "former Professor of Painting to the Duke of Milan"
May God grant him His eternal peace." 

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