Skip to content

Due to scheduled maintenance, online ordering, in regions where offered, will not be available on this site from 8:00 until 10:00 GMT on Sunday 24th March. We apologise for the inconvenience.

Cart

Your Cart

×

You have 0 items in your cart.

Register Sign in Wishlist

The Young Leonardo
Art and Life in Fifteenth-Century Florence

$46.99 (C)

  • Date Published: April 2014
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107688223

$ 46.99 (C)
Paperback

Add to cart Add to wishlist

Other available formats:
Hardback, eBook


Looking for an examination copy?

If you are interested in the title for your course we can consider offering an examination copy. To register your interest please contact collegesales@cambridge.org providing details of the course you are teaching.

Description
Product filter button
Description
Contents
Resources
Courses
About the Authors
  • Leonardo da Vinci is often presented as the “Transcendent Genius,” removed from or ahead of his time. This book, however, attempts to understand him in the context of Renaissance Florence. Larry J. Feinberg explores Leonardo's origins and the beginning of his career as an artist. While celebrating his many artistic achievements, the book illuminates his debt to other artists' works and his struggles to gain and retain patronage, as well as his career and personal difficulties. Feinberg examines the range of Leonardo's interests, including aerodynamics, anatomy, astronomy, botany, geology, hydraulics, optics, and warfare technology, to clarify how the artist's broad intellectual curiosity informed his art. Situating the artist within the political, social, cultural, and artistic context of mid- and late-fifteenth-century Florence, Feinberg shows how this environment influenced Leonardo's artistic output and laid the groundwork for the achievements of his mature works.

    • A new 'unidealized' view of Leonardo, with a probing account of his personal life and contemporary culture and how they affected his art
    • Many new observations and discoveries concerning the subjects and meanings of his works, including his early portrayals of the Virgin and Child, the Adoration of the Magi, and the Last Supper
    • New observations concerning how Leonardo's scientific interests as well as his penchant for witty puns profoundly informed many of his pictures
    Read more

    Reviews & endorsements

    "Leonardo da Vinci lived a long and uniquely creative life. Now, at last, we have a completely fresh and compelling look at the artist's early years. The Young Leonardo brilliantly places the artist in the context of contemporary Florentine culture and society while giving us fascinating new insights into his thought processes and observations on the subjects and meanings of even his most enigmatic works. A complex, demythologized appreciation of the man and his genius emerges from this wonderfully written book." Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith, authors of the Pulitzer Prize-Winning Jackson Pollock, and Van Gogh: A Life

    "...tightly written, deeply informed recent book chronicles Leonardo's rural Tuscan birth (under less-than-ideal circumstances) through his 20s, when he worked in Verocchio's competitive workshop in Florence...Feinberg - director of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and a former curator of European painting at the Art Institute of Chicago - nicely interweaves biography, the implacable social milieu in 15th-century Italy and analysis of Leonardo's rapidly evolving paintings and drawings. Among the book's best features is its keen avoidance of idealizing puffery, which makes Leonardo's accomplishments under often difficult daily circumstances all that much more impressive."
    -L.A. Times

    “Feinberg’s work offers a nuanced, intelligent account of varied themes within the artist’s early period. The text is insightful and thought provoking.” – Choice

    “At last, we have a completely fresh and compelling look at the artist’s early years. The Young Leonardo brilliantly places the artist in the context of contemporary Florentine culture and society while giving us fascinating new insights into his thought processes and observations on the subjects and meanings of even his most enigmatic works. A complex, demythologized appreciation of the man and his genius emerges from this wonderfully written book.” – Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith, authors of the Pulitzer Prize-Winning Jackson Pollock and Van Gogh: A Life

    “Feinberg nicely interweaves biography, the implacable social milieu in 15th-century Italy and analysis of Leonardo’s rapidly evolving paintings and drawings. Among the book’s best features is its keen avoidance of idealizing puffery, which makes Leonardo’s accomplishments under often difficult daily circumstances all that much more impressive.” – L.A. Times

    See more reviews

    Customer reviews

    Not yet reviewed

    Be the first to review

    Review was not posted due to profanity

    ×

    , create a review

    (If you're not , sign out)

    Please enter the right captcha value
    Please enter a star rating.
    Your review must be a minimum of 12 words.

    How do you rate this item?

    ×

    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107688223
    • length: 214 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 177 x 9 mm
    • weight: 0.45kg
    • contains: 76 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. Childhood
    2. Florence and Cosimo the Elder
    3. The cultural climate of Florence
    4. First years in Florence and the Verrocchio workshop
    5. First works in Florence and the artistic milieu
    6. Early pursuits in engineering – hydraulics and the movement of water
    7. The Bust of a Warrior and Leonardo's creative method
    8. Early participation in the Medici court
    9. Leonardo's personality and place in Florentine society
    10. Important productions and collaborations in the Verroccio shop
    11. Leonardo's colleagues in the workshop
    12. Leonardo's Madonna of the Carnation and the exploration of optics
    13. The Benois Madonna and continued meditations on the theme of sight
    14. The Madonna of the Cat
    15. Leonardo, the Medici, and public executions
    16. Leonardo and Ginevra de'Benci
    17. Leonardo as portraitist and master of the visual pun
    18. The young sculptor
    19. The Madonna Litta
    20. The Adoration of the Magi and invention of the High Renaissance style
    21. The Adoration and Leonardo's military interests
    22. Leonardo and allegorical conceits for the Medici court
    23. Early ideas for the Last Supper
    24. Leonardo and the Saint Sebastian
    25. Saint Jerome
    26. First thoughts for the Virgin of the Rocks and the invention of the Mary Magdelene-courtesan genre
    27. Milan
    28. Leonardo and the Sforza court.

  • Author

    Larry J. Feinberg, Santa Barbara Museum of Art
    Larry J. Feinberg is the Director and CEO of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. He is the editor of two reference volumes on the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, Italian Paintings before 1600 in the Art Institute of Chicago and French and English Paintings from 1600 to 1800 in the Art Institute of Chicago. He has also been the co-organizer and catalogue author for several major exhibitions, including The Medici, Michelangelo, and the Art of Late Renaissance Florence; Gustave Moreau: Between Epic and Dream; and From Studio to Studiolo: Florentine Draftsmanship under the First Medici Grand Dukes.

Sign In

Please sign in to access your account

Cancel

Not already registered? Create an account now. ×

Sorry, this resource is locked

Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email lecturers@cambridge.org

Register Sign in
Please note that this file is password protected. You will be asked to input your password on the next screen.

» Proceed

You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website. Your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner www.ebooks.com. Please see the permission section of the www.ebooks.com catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.

Continue ×

Continue ×

Continue ×

Find content that relates to you

Join us online

This site uses cookies to improve your experience. Read more Close

Are you sure you want to delete your account?

This cannot be undone.

Cancel

Thank you for your feedback which will help us improve our service.

If you requested a response, we will make sure to get back to you shortly.

×
Please fill in the required fields in your feedback submission.
×