Rab Hatfield’s Finding Leonardo. The Case for Recovering ‘The Battle of Anghiari’
For centuries the whereabouts of Leonardo da Vinci’s masterwork mural of the Battle of Anghiari has been one of the art world’s greatest mysteries. Leonardo worked on a painting in the Great Hall of Florence’s Palazzo Vecchio for less than a year before abandoning it to pursue other commissions. The uncompleted fresco was reported to be deteriorating rapidly, and less than 50 years later, Giorgio Vasari was commissioned to cover Leonardo’s unfinished work with new, large-scale battle scenes. Yet those who saw Leonardo’s mural during its brief existence applauded it as his greatest work and commended it as a ‘school for the world’.
Kenneth Clark’s Leonardo. The Virgin & St Anne and all his paintings from the Florentine Years
Leonardo’s work analyzed by one of the most important English-speaking art historians of our time, Kenneth Clark. Starting from the famous image of Virgin & St Anne, Clark explores all the main characteristics of Leonardo’s art with a style and interpretative ability intended for the general public that’s as engaging as a story. The volume collects, in a series of color reproductions, all the works of Leonardo preserved in museums and relating to his period of activity in Florence, each with the relative technical information. The entire biography of Leonardo written by Giorgio Vasari and published in the Lives of the most excellent painters, sculptors and architects is supplied in the appendix to the volume.