Leonardo s Swans

In front of Leonardo is a statue of Leda and the swan. which Ludovico has recently spent great effort to purchase from some dead cardinal's estate in Rome. Ever since lsabella sent him those two creatures for his pond. he has been ...

Author: Karen Essex

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9781409060680

Category: Fiction

Page: 432

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Sisters. Rivals. And the love of one man. Isabella and Beatrice d'Este are as different as night and day. Wordly and ambitious, Isabella's beauty and intellect are legendary across the courts of Europe, while her younger sister, a tomboy, prefers horses and the hunt. When Isabella is betrothed to the Marquis of Mantua, all her ambitions seem to come true -- until Beatrice marries Ludovico, the powerful Duke of Milan. Suddenly, Isabella finds herself drawn to her sister's husband, a man as charismatic as he is dangerous. Once close, the sisters are now fierce rivals, for Ludovico's affections but also for the larger prize, to be immortalized by Milan's court painter, Leonardo da Vinci. Da Vinci's glittering genius is at its zenith, with such masterpieces as The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa, but he constantly struggles not to let his noble patrons' incessant demands compromise his own artistic vision. Meanwhile, the black clouds of war are looming on the horizon. As Ludovico's gamble for power in Western Europe begins to fall apart, the sisters must choose -- between passion and family, loyalty and survival.

Leonardo da Vinci

The imagined sound of Leonardo's swan is of course literary and relates to poetic evocations and scientific beliefs going back to the classics: Plato, Aristotle, Ovid and Virgil, this last sometimes nicknamed the Mantuan Swan.

Author: François Quiviger

Publisher: Reaktion Books

ISBN: 9781789141078

Category: Art

Page: 208

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This incisive and illuminating biography follows the three themes that shaped the life of Leonardo da Vinci and, through him, forever changed Western art and imagination: nature, art, and self-fashioning. Nature and art helped form Leonardo. He spent his first twelve years in the Tuscan countryside before entering the most reputed artistic workshop of Florence. There he blossomed as one of the most promising painters of his time and promptly applied his skills to explore and question the world through science and invention. Leonardo was also self-fashioned: he received only a basic education and grew up around peasants and artisans. But from the 1480s onwards, he transformed himself into a court artist and became a familiar of kings and rulers. Following the chronology of Leonardo’s extraordinary life, this book examines Leonardo as artist, courtier, and thinker, and explores how these aspects found expression in his paintings, as well as in his work in sculpture, architecture, theater design, urban planning, engineering, anatomy, geology, and cartography. François Quiviger concludes with observations on Leonardo’s relevance today as a model of the multidisciplinary artist who combines imagination, art, and science—the original, and ultimate, Renaissance Man.

Leonardo Da Vinci Selected Scholarship Leonardo s projects c 1500 1519

Leonardo made his crucial expressive change in the third sketch , where , having thought about introducing the swan to Leda's left , he could consider opening up her pose . She now turns her left arm and head toward the swan , and takes ...

Author: Leonardo (da Vinci)

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 0815329350

Category: Art

Page: 426

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Also available as the third book in a five volume set (ISBN#0815329334)

Leonardo s Swans

Born into wealth amid the political and artistic foment of the Italian Renaissance, worldly and ambitious Isabella and naïve Beatrice Este, sisters and rivals, compete for the attentions of Ludovico Sforza, the Duke of Milan--even though ...

Author: Karen Essex

Publisher: Random House Large Print Publishing

ISBN: 0739325787

Category: Fiction

Page: 628

View: 142


Born into wealth amid the political and artistic foment of the Italian Renaissance, worldly and ambitious Isabella and naïve Beatrice Este, sisters and rivals, compete for the attentions of Ludovico Sforza, the Duke of Milan--even though he marries Beatrice--and must choose between family loyalty and survival amid the treachery of a dangerous era. (Historical Fiction)

Renaissance Rivals

story for Alfonso's painting signals his recollection of his rival and his intention to engage Leonardo yet again ... In one of Leonardo's variants , the Chatsworth sheet , Leda and the Swan embrace side by side , her arm around his ...

Author: Rona Goffen

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300105894

Category: Art

Page: 540

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For sixteenth-century Italian masters, the creation of art was a contest. They knew each other's work and patrons, were collegues and rivals. Survey of this artistic rivalry, the emotional and professional circumstances of their creations.

Leonardo Da Vinci Master Draftsman

850 Leonardo's Leda and the Swan drawings, given that the date and intended destination of the Leda project are totally uncertain. No original paintings survive, and the early biographies of Leonardo (most surprisingly, that by Giorgio ...

Author: Leonardo da Vinci

Publisher: Metropolitan Museum of Art

ISBN: 9781588390332

Category: Art

Page: 802

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This handsome book offers a unified and fascinating portrait of Leonardo as draftsman, integrating his roles as artist, scientist, inventor, theorist, and teacher. 250 illustrations.

Leonardo da Vinci Nature and Architecture

These include the classicizing theme of watery fertility of- ten associated with Leonardo's lost painting of the same period, Leda and the Swan, now known only through painted copies and drawings, such as those found in the Museum ...

Author: Constance Moffatt

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004398443

Category: Art

Page: 449

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The second volume of Leonardo Studies offers an impressive overview of current Leonardo scholarship into two of his primary interests: nature and architecture. The authors consider Leonardo’s treatises and their aftermath, science experiments, and fields of art and science based on two abundant subjects.

Finding Valentino

I've booked a spot to see Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper in Milan on 24 June. I've just finished reading another fantastic historical novel, Leonardo's Swans, by Karen Essex. It is set in the period when da Vinci was under the ...

Author: Angela Di Sciascio

Publisher: Victory Books

ISBN: 0522860265

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

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Angela Di Sciascio's father can no longer describe his past, lost in a world ravaged by Alzheimer's disease. Deciding not to let his story fade, Angela embarks on a voyage that takes her through four seasons in her father's Italy, reconnecting to her ancestry and absorbing all of its chaos, beauty and style. Meal by meal at her father's family table and step by step through the Italian countryside, she slowly comes to understand the young Valentino who left for the new world. Along the way, she discovers the simple pleasures of rustic polenta high in the mountains, pesto on the Ligurian coast and shares melt-in-your-mouth rag with friends inla boisterous Rome. But she is always drawn back to the small hamlet tucked in the embrace of the Abruzzo mountains and the cuisine that feeds her soul, sharing with us her family's traditional recipes, as well as the joy of finding her father's home.

Sacred Geometry

BELOW Leonardo da Vinci experimented with a single focal point outside the frame of the picture in Leda and the Swan . The treasure of Rennes - le - Château ABOVE The. ABOVE The Flagellation of Christ painted using a strict set of ...

Author: Stephen Skinner

Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.

ISBN: 1402765827

Category: Mathematics

Page: 164

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A fascinating and inspirational look at the vital link between the hidden geometrical order of the universe, geometry in nature, and the geometry of the man-made world. The Da Vinci Code has awakened the public to the powerful and very ancient idea that religious truths and mathematical principles are intimately intertwined. Sacred Geometry offers an accessible way of understanding how that connection is revealed in nature and the arts. Over the centuries, temple builders have relied on magic numbers to shape sacred spaces, astronomers have used geometry to calculate holy seasons, and philosophers have observed the harmony of the universe in the numerical properties of music. By showing how the discoveries of mathematics are manifested over and over again in biology and physics, and how they have inspired the greatest works of art, this illuminating study reveals the universal principles that link us to the infinite.

Leonardo da Vinci

Jupiter, disguised as a swan, courting the lovely princess Leda. None of Leonardo's sketches of the scene are as erotic as earlier interpretations of the scene by other artists, which show the swan forcing itself upon Leda.

Author: Anna Abraham

Publisher: New Word City

ISBN: 9781612307589

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 190

View: 991


Leonardo da Vinci personified the Renaissance, the extraordinary age in which he lived. Best known as one of the world’s greatest painters, he sketched the foundations for inventions that would not come to fruition for centuries. Born a bastard in a hillside village in northern Italy, Leonardo became the protégé of princes, popes, and kings. He mastered so many branches of science that scholars still debate whether he was greater as an anatomist, botanist, cartographer, engineer, geographer, or naturalist. Nevertheless, he died unhappy, believing he had failed to work the miracles of which he had dreamed. Here is his extraordinary story.