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Early in 1495 Leonardo da Vinci began work in Milan on what would become one of history's most influential and beloved works of art The Last Supper After a dozen years at the court of Lodovico Sforza the Duke of Milan Leonardo was at a low point personally and professionally at forty three in an era when he had almost reached the average life expectancy he had failed despite a number of prestigious commissions to complete anything that truly fulfilled his astonishing promise His latest failure was a giant bronze horse to honor Sforza's father His 75 tons of bronze had been expropriated to be turned into cannons to help repel a French inv I like Ross King I really enjoyed Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling so I knew I would like this one eually as well and this book did not disappointEverything you wanted to know about Michaelangelo life how he painted this how the colors are made are all discussed Then he delves into the mind of Michaelangelo to interpret how and after whom the faces are drawn What the apostle's may have been thinking at the time and even the placement of hands and positions of the bodies are all analyzed for what he thinks the subtle hidden means are So much insight Highly recommend Million Dollar Marriage (Million Dollar, era when he had almost reached the average life The Long Year, A.D. 69 expectancy he had failed despite a number of prestigious commissions to complete anything that truly fulfilled his astonishing promise His latest failure was a giant bronze horse to honor Sforza's father His 75 tons of bronze had been Troy High expropriated to be turned into cannons to help repel a French inv I like Ross King I really Coreys Pony Is Missing (Pony Tails, enjoyed Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling so I knew I would like this one Dear George And Other Stories eually as well and this book did not disappointEverything you wanted to know about Michaelangelo life how he painted this how the colors are made are all discussed Then he delves into the mind of Michaelangelo to interpret how and after whom the faces are drawn What the apostle's may have been thinking at the time and Social Creature even the placement of hands and positions of the bodies are all analyzed for what he thinks the subtle hidden means are So much insight Highly recommend

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Asion of Italy The commission to paint The Last Supper in the refectory of a Dominican convent was a small compensation and his odds of completing it were not promising Not only had he never worked on a painting of such a large size 15' high x 30' wide but he had no experience in the extremely difficult medium of fresco  In his compelling new book Ross King explores how amid war and the political and religious turmoil around him and beset by his own insecurities and frustrations Leonardo created the masterpiece that would forever define him King unveils dozens of stories that are embedded in the painting Examining who served as the mod Leonardo Di Vinci's reluctance to paint the walls of the Santa Maria delle Grazie is reminiscent of Michelangelo's reluctance to paint the paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel which is brought to life by Ross King in his earlier work Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling This new book tells the circumstances that brought Di Vinci to this project his life while working on it its technical and artistic considerations how the changing political situation in Italy both helped and hindered the project and the after life of Di Vinci his painting and his patronDi Vinci was a man of many talents He designed in such varied fields such as military weapons sculpture architecture mathematics texts aviation theater sets costumes and wedding attire He had never before produced a fresco Obtaining and preparing materials was a big job as was the physical work of the surface and applying the fresco Di Vinci eventually abandoned fresco for oil tempura and Ross similarly details the 15th century problems of its procurement and preparation and the choices of oils and pigments an artists had to make He also tells of the 16th century forward problems in preservation and the solutions which have become increasing sophisticatedDuke of Milan Lodovico Sforza wanted the Santa Maria delle Grazie to showcase the glory of his family Di Vinci's work would be one of the adornments along with other frescoes including family portraits as was common at the time Di Vinci's earlier assignment had been to honor the Sforza's with a giant bronze euestrian statute commemorating Lodovico's father who had seized control of Milan for the family When the bronze was needed to build cannon and the project was scraped and decorations to the Santa Maria delle Grazie would now sufficeOne of the many interesting things I learned is that 'The' Last Supper at its time was 'A' Last Supper since it was a popular motif in Italy Ross shows how Di Vinci took this motif to a whole new level essentially ushering in the modern age high Renaissance of art He used the then new techniue of perspective to balance out his painting There is a lot of background on Di Vinci's search for just the right faces and their attitudes His famous Notebooks are full of studies of noses fingers and faces Every element of the painting is meaningful from the spilled salt to Thomas' upward pointing fingerRoss weighs in on the premise of the Di Vinci Code the long haired person next to Jesus is the apostle John and not Mary Magdalene On p 191 there is a reproduction of a Di Vinci painting of John the Baptist with a strange resemblance to Mona Lisa demonstrating noted elsewhere in the book that Di Vinci did feminize male portraits He also notes Montorfano's Crucifixion painted on the wall opposite The Last Supper portrays John as a mirror image p228 of Di Vinci's JohnThe writing in this book is good throughout but page turning writing comes and goes The Epilogue is particularly strong It is Ross at his best as he describes the conditions of Di Vinci and Sforza's last days and the many restorations of Di Vinci's great work Six Degrees experience in the Peytons Ride (Riding With The Hunt, extremely difficult medium of fresco  In his compelling new book Ross King Genesis (Elemental Enmity, explores how amid war and the political and religious turmoil around him and beset by 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noted Connect elsewhere in the book that Di Vinci did feminize male portraits He also notes Montorfano's Crucifixion painted on the wall opposite The Last Supper portrays John as a mirror image p228 of Di Vinci's JohnThe writing in this book is good throughout but page turning writing comes and goes The Epilogue is particularly strong It is Ross at his best as he describes the conditions of Di Vinci and Sforza's last days and the many restorations of Di Vinci's great work


10 thoughts on “Leonardo and the Last Supper

  1. says:

    I don't think I'm breaking any barriers by declaring that Leonardo was a fascinating genius Even among his peers in art history textbooks he's a good head above most of the rest in talent innovation and WTF ness This is a fun examination although it's hard not to use the word romp through the life of Leonardo da Vinci with a recurring focus on the Last Supper Wanna know if that stuff about the painting in The Da Vinci Code was true? Well I can tell you that it's not dummy but if you want to read about how it's not true you can read this book Wanna know if Leonardo was gay? You can read about that in here You know that cool helicopter thing that he drew in a sketchbook? Well it's not a helicopter and you can learn what it is if you read this book Wanna know where you can find the only possible self portrait of a young Leonardo? Read to find out Wanna see Leonardo defeat the dreaded Shredder with the help of his friends Donatello Michelangelo and Raphael? Well you better go YouTube some clips from a wonderful early nineties cartoon Seriously go do itBut then after you do that you should read this book or go research Da Vinci's life in a different book preferably one not written by Dan Brown


  2. says:

    I like Ross King I really enjoyed Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling so I knew I would like this one eually as well and this book did not disappointEverything you wanted to know about Michaelangelo life how he painted this how the colors are made are all discussed Then he delves into the mind of Michaelangelo to interpret how and after whom the faces are drawn What the apostle's may have been thinking at the time and even the placement of hands and positions of the bodies are all analyzed for what he thinks the subtle hidden means are So much insight Highly recommend


  3. says:

    From BBC Radio 4Leonardo and the Last Supper tells the fascinating story of what went on behind the scenes when Leonardo da Vinci was commissioned to paint what became one of history's greatest masterpieces


  4. says:

    3½ starsOne of the major events in the Passion of Christ is his last meal with his disciples He prepares them for his departure institutes the Eucharist and identifies Judas as his betrayerDuring puberty I usually ate supper looking at a print of Leonardo’s The Last Supper on the opposite wall so I can attest that for me any mention of Christ’s last meal will always project an image of Leonardo’s painting as it undoubtedly has for many millions of others in the last five centuries It is a tribute to Leonardo’s genius that the memory of his painting is brighter than the sad remnants left of his masterpieceFor me the best aspect of this book is how the painting is placed in the historical context how it came to be commissioned in that specific location why Leonardo was assigned to paint it and why he choose to paint it in that manner There are some interesting digressions on Leonardo’s character his aspirations his sexual orientation and the milieu; but we are always brought back to the why and the how of the painting Finally we are told of the tragedy of Leonardo’s fate at the moment when he has finally completed an acknowledged masterpiece


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  6. says:

    Leonardo Di Vinci's reluctance to paint the walls of the Santa Maria delle Grazie is reminiscent of Michelangelo's reluctance to paint the paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel which is brought to life by Ross King in his earlier work Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling This new book tells the circumstances that brought Di Vinci to this project his life while working on it its technical and artistic considerations how the changing political situation in Italy both helped and hindered the project and the after life of Di Vinci his painting and his patronDi Vinci was a man of many talents He designed in such varied fields such as military weapons sculpture architecture mathematics texts aviation theater sets costumes and wedding attire He had never before produced a fresco Obtaining and preparing materials was a big job as was the physical work of the surface and applying the fresco Di Vinci eventually abandoned fresco for oil tempura and Ross similarly details the 15th century problems of its procurement and preparation and the choices of oils and pigments an artists had to make He also tells of the 16th century forward problems in preservation and the solutions which have become increasing sophisticatedDuke of Milan Lodovico Sforza wanted the Santa Maria delle Grazie to showcase the glory of his family Di Vinci's work would be one of the adornments along with other frescoes including family portraits as was common at the time Di Vinci's earlier assignment had been to honor the Sforza's with a giant bronze euestrian statute commemorating Lodovico's father who had seized control of Milan for the family When the bronze was needed to build cannon and the project was scraped and decorations to the Santa Maria delle Grazie would now sufficeOne of the many interesting things I learned is that 'The' Last Supper at its time was 'A' Last Supper since it was a popular motif in Italy Ross shows how Di Vinci took this motif to a whole new level essentially ushering in the modern age high Renaissance of art He used the then new techniue of perspective to balance out his painting There is a lot of background on Di Vinci's search for just the right faces and their attitudes His famous Notebooks are full of studies of noses fingers and faces Every element of the painting is meaningful from the spilled salt to Thomas' upward pointing fingerRoss weighs in on the premise of the Di Vinci Code the long haired person next to Jesus is the apostle John and not Mary Magdalene On p 191 there is a reproduction of a Di Vinci painting of John the Baptist with a strange resemblance to Mona Lisa demonstrating noted elsewhere in the book that Di Vinci did feminize male portraits He also notes Montorfano's Crucifixion painted on the wall opposite The Last Supper portrays John as a mirror image p228 of Di Vinci's JohnThe writing in this book is good throughout but page turning writing comes and goes The Epilogue is particularly strong It is Ross at his best as he describes the conditions of Di Vinci and Sforza's last days and the many restorations of Di Vinci's great work


  7. says:

    Long long ago lost in the vastness of time when I was around twelve or thirteen I bought my first art book It was a Pelican paperback costing six shillings a small fortune back then a biography of Leonardo da Vinci by Kenneth Clark I am assuming that I knew who da Vinci was back then but it is than likely that I was attracted as so often by the cover which depicted a wonderful fine line drawing of a stern looking man wearing a fantastical helmet I doubt I ever read the book I was attracted by the illustrations especially the drawings of fantastical torrents of water beautiful delicate drawings of angelic faces superb drawings of hands I draw I love drawing this appealed to me then and still doesLeonardo became my chief of men as far as artists go He has never been supplanted though he has been joined by so many in my pantheon When I came across this book by Ross King I genuinely thought it would be just about the painting of The Last Supper that infamous mural in Milan better known for its decayed state and the many copies it has inspired It therefore came as both a surprise and a pleasure to discover that Ross King was using the story behind that painting to introduce us to the life and times of Leonardo and how well he has done itThe book is a very easy read full of fascinating facts and anecdotes It reveals the genius of a man who was not obsessed by art but rather an individual obsessed by the world; anatomy nature inventions It is impossible to go away having read this book without being full of admiration for his achievements and his failures Leonardo is a man after my own heart; obsessed leaping from one project to another neither one thing nor the other Yet as someone who produces art he also rings familiar chords; obsessions with specific not necessarily achievable projects; his at times reluctance to grab the bull by the horns and get on with it When he is observed sometimes working almost frenetically on his mural non stop no pause then at other times just standing there before it just staring I recognise a kindred spiritWonderful book


  8. says:

    I read a review by one of my friends on Goodreads thought it interesting so read the book Leonardo Da Vinci’s “Last Supper” is shrouded in mystery and controversy for which Ross King has attempted to settle some of the mysteries regarding the painting “The Last Supper” is in the former refectory of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan It was Da Vinci’s largest painting; he painted it with oils on one of the refectory walls Between the damp walls Napoleon’s soldiers using the refectory as a stable the RAF bombing in WWII which left it exposed to the elements for months and many other unrecorded damaging events to the painting we are lucky it still exists today In attempting to settle some of the controversies about the painting Ross goes into great detail on how Da Vinci painted the scenes I was interested in his comments about Dan Brown’s book “The Da Vinci Code” and other comments he revealed the truth about from Brown’s book In brown’s book he claimed the figure sitting on Jesus’ right is Mary Magdalene Ross goes into great discourse proving the figure is actually John Ross also explains that Da Vinci’s “Last Supper” was different from other such past paintings because Da Vinci had expressive faces on the apostles and great life like detail of plates of food and even pleats on the tablecloth I found the book most fascinating sort of like reading a mystery story I read this as an audio book Mark Meadows did a good job narrating the book If you are interested in history or art history you will enjoy this book


  9. says:

    The brilliant Ross King is at it again No one does readable art history for the masses better This time he takes on Leonardo DaVinci and the painting of the Last Supper King doesn't truck in hype and rumor this is the real story covering everything from his treatment of drawing hands to the food portrayed He is a careful and scrupulous writer and his Leonardo is full of lesser known tidbits and humanizing facts King's books aren't always the easiest to read but they are always worth the effort


  10. says:

    25 starsI have lots of conflicting feelings about this book The writing was good throughout The parts about the gospels were excellent The discussions about symbolism were all uite good The science of 15th century painting was interesting The many parts unrelated to The Last Supper were hard for me to get through Lodovico Sforza King Charles VIII of France and so many others that contributed nothing to the story The vague references about Leonardo's possible homosexuality were unnecessary and contributed nothing to the story The vague suggestion that Leonardo may have been a pederast was annoying and unsubstantiated and contributed nothing to the story The parts that debunked Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code were so annoying Is it really necessary to debunk that book? Just read the friggin' thing and see how preposterous it is on its facePerhaps my problem with the book is of my own making I came to read it based on two other books by the author that I really enjoyed Brunelleschi's Dome and Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling and I thought it would focus on the creation of The Last Supper It mostly did but the gratuitous distractions made me wish I read a different book on the subject instead