Drawings of Leonardo da Vinci and his circle - American Collections

New York Public Library (New York, United States of America)
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, United States of America
Getty Museum (Malibu, United States of America)

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I disegni di Leonardo da Vinci e della sua cerchia - Collezioni Americane, Zeichnungen von Leonardo da Vinci und seinem Umkreis - Amerikanische Sammlung

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Alternate Titles

I disegni di Leonardo da Vinci e della sua cerchia - Collezioni Americane
Zeichnungen von Leonardo da Vinci und seinem Umkreis - Amerikanische Sammlung

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80 plates / N/A

Origin
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Last quarter of the 15th century-16th century
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Leonardo da Vinci and the circle of Leonardo da Vinci

Illustrations

200 drawings

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This fascinating compendium of hand drawings collects 200 drawings from Leonardo da Vinci and his circle on 80 boards. These leaves originate from important American collections like the Getty Museum or the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This carefully selected compilation offers a wonderful overview of the hand-drawn art of the Italian Renaissance as a part of the impressive National Edition of the manuscripts and drawings of Leonardo da Vinci.

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Drawings of Leonardo da Vinci and His Circle - American Collections

The art of drawing is considered to be the most direct and intuitive expression of artistic genius. This unmitigated inside view into the conceptual world of the artist in connection with the greatest draftsman of the Italian Renaissance signifies an abundance of graphic genius in the highest quality. Similarly, the circle of this master – Leonardo da Vinci – included the greatest artists of their craft and made their epoch a heyday of hand drawing.

Leonardo’s Art as Italy’s National Heritage

Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) is considered to be the most important universal genius of the Italian Renaissance. He occupied himself not only as a painter and industrious draftsman, but also as a scientist, design engineer, and researcher. He recorded his comprehensive work on thousands of sheets and pages. This priceless cultural heritage is divided throughout the world, scattered across collections big and small. An ambitious project was begun in Italy in the year 1964 in order to preserve the memory of the national hero Leonardo da Vinci: the great National Edition of the manuscripts and drawings of Leonardo da Vinci, known as the Leonardo Codices.

Drawings in American Collections

One of the volumes of this national edition has assembled the material from American collections. Numerous original drawings by Leonardo da Vinci and graphic works from artists in his circle are stored in American collections comprised of works inter alia from the New York Public Library, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Getty Museum in Malibu. Significant art-historical treasures are found among the leaves and include much previously unpublished material.

Body Studies, Caricatures, and the Last Supper

80 boards with 200 drawings altogether visualize the entire spectrum of this significant art-historical aspect of the Italian Renaissance. 15 drawings of Leonardo from his own hand – eight of which are from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York – give an inside view into Leonardo’s studies of the famous Milanese Last Supper (originating 1495) inter alia and in his work with human physiognomy. The compendium additionally contains the complete series of caricatures from the Spencer Collection of the New York Public Library: 104 exact copies of the now-lost 16th century originals by Leonardo da Vinci!

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