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Aground-breaking examination of the period that fundamentally changed Leonardo’soutlook and his legacy
By Luke Syson with contributions by LarryKeith,
Arturo Galansino, Antonio Mazzotta, Minna Moore Ede,
Scott Nethersole, and Per Rumberg
Featuring the recently authenticated Salvator Mundi
LEONARDO DA VINCI: Painter at the Court of Milan focuses on a crucial period in the 1480s and 1490s when, asa salaried court artist to Duke Ludovico Sforza in the city-state of Milan, Leonardo produced some of the most celebrated—and influential—work of hiscareer. The Last Supper, his two versions of The Virgin of the Rocks,and the beautiful portrait of Ludovico's mistress, Cecilia Gallerani (TheLady with an Ermine), were paintings that set a new standard for his Milanese contemporaries. Leonardo's style was magnified, through collaboration and imitation, to become the visual language of the regime, and by the time hereturned to Florence in 1500, his status had been utterly transformed.
Thisground-breaking book and the landmark exhibition it accompanies offer the rareopportunity to examine a significant number of Leonardo’s works —including the recently “rediscovered” painting SalvatorMundi—which help shed light on the artist’s ideals of beauty, his understanding of how mind influences body, his theories of character and expression.
ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORS:
Luke Syson is Curator of Italianpaintings before 1500 and Head of Research at the National Gallery, London.
Larry Keith, Arturo Galansino, Antonio Mazzotta, Minna Moore Ede,Scott Nethersole,
and Per Rumberg are all present or formermembers of staff at the National Gallery, London.
ISBN:978-1-85709-491-6 $65.00 Cloth
255 color + 11 b/willustrations
Accompanies the exhibition currently on view at
The National Gallery,London
November 9, 2011 to
February 5, 2012
National Gallery Company/