Leonardo da Vinci: The Divine and the Grotesque

Martin Clayton

Leonardo da Vinci: The Divine and the Grotesque
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Martin Clayton

Distributed for Royal Collection Trust

181 pages | 105 illustrations | 9 1/2 x 11
Cloth $45.00 ISBN: 9781902163970 Will Publish March 2010 For Sale in USA and Canada Only

The pursuit of beauty and its opposite was one of the central themes of Leonardo da Vinci’s life. This book looks in detail at 75 drawings of the divinely beautiful and the grotesquely ugly from the unrivalled collection preserved in the Royal Library at Windsor Castle.

In his introductory essay, Martin Clayton explores Leonardo’s life-long urge to create such drawings. Individual entries then look at each of the selected works, placing them in the context of contemporary attitudes to beauty, notions of perfect proportion, popular images of the comically ugly and accepted modes of artistic creation and social behaviour. With 149 illustrations, 92 in colour.

“I recommend Martin Clayton’s catalogue…to anyone seeking an insight into Leonardo and his world” Anne Campbell Dixon, The Telegraph.

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