Leonardo And The Last Supper by Ross KingLeonardo And The Last Supper by Ross King

Leonardo And The Last Supper

byRoss King

Paperback | September 3, 2013

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Leonardo da Vinci's transcendent painting The Last Supper defined the master artist. Until now, no one has told the full story behind its creation. Political events weighed on da Vinci and all of Italy during the time of the painting's conception and creation, as his patron, the Duke of Sforza, unleashed forces leading to a decades-long series of tragedies known as the Italian Wars. Sforza was overthrown by French forces in 1499, forcing da Vinci to flee Milan with the paint on The Last Supper barely dry. The Last Supper ensured Leonardo's universal renown as a visionary master of the arts.

ROSS KING is the author of The Judgment of Paris, Brunelleschi's Dome, Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling, and the novels Ex-Libris and Domino. Born and raised in Canada, he now lives near Oxford, England. The author lives in Oxford, England.
Title:Leonardo And The Last SupperFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9.2 × 6.1 × 0.94 inPublished:September 3, 2013Publisher:Doubleday CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0385666098

ISBN - 13:9780385666091

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this Interesting and enjoyable read with lots of insights of Leonardo's work.
Date published: 2017-12-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful read A lovely book, I was at the luxury of knowing about his work with Lodovico so did not need to try hard to understand where he was at that time of life, just wonderful
Date published: 2017-10-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good life of Leonardo. Turns out Leonardo was not the exemplary character you might have thought. King leads us through his life with focus on The Last Supper, one of the few works he ever really completed. An interesting life, just not what you might expect.
Date published: 2017-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from fantastic thorough examination of leonardo's work
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Leonardo and the Last Supper A wonderfully researched & vibrant read, capturing the life of Leonardo & the Italian Cities of his time. One felt,while reading,that they were a part of the scene.A great book.I shall read it again,soon, I'm sure.
Date published: 2013-04-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Masterful Ross King has done his homework. King paints a colourful picture of life in the 15th century and how war and religious upheaval effect the creation of Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece "The Last Supper". It's not a page-turner but you will appreciate the unique perspective on this artistic genius. It was not as awe-inspiring as "Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel" where the complications arising from that monumental task was much more exhilarating.
Date published: 2013-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enlightening and enjoyable Like his earlier books about Brunelleschi, Michelangelo and the Impressionists, Ross King's book about Leonardo da Vinci and the creation of the Last Supper is a history and art history lesson told with rich detail and background context. Leonardo as a person, artist and true Renaissance man is described along with his Milanese patron, Ludovico Sforza, and other characters who form part of the story surrounding the creation of the Last Supper. King also discusses the theory about the Last Supper put forth in Dan Brown's novel, The Da Vinci Code, and explains why that theory is fiction. The author also sets out a detailed art history context for the Last Supper and allows the reader to understand why Leonardo was a genius.
Date published: 2012-11-05

Editorial Reviews

 • "Like King's previous award-winning books, this one is peppered with insights gleaned from extensive reading, research and pure Sherlockian deduction. After King, you never look at art quite the same way again." --The Gazette (Montreal) • "No Canadian writer before him has so thoroughly mastered the business of selling high-toned non-fiction to a mass audience, but King makes it seem easy. . . . With every new book, King takes the same approach, sifting through familiar stories of great artists to find overlooked gems of information and context, polishing them to a fine lustre and stringing them into bright garlands as artful as the subjects he treats." --The Globe and Mail