Da Vinci in detail The paintings of the Renaissance genius Leonardo da Vinci (1452'1519) possessed one of the greatest minds of all time; his importance and influence are inestimable. He was painter, sculptor, architect, engineer, scientist and all-around genius. This handy-format edition focuses on the paintings of this Italian artist. With full-bleed details of Leonardo's masterworks, the book allows the reader to inspect the subtlest facets of his brushstrokes. We explore Leonardo's life and work in ten chapters, drawing upon his letters, contracts, diary entries, and writings. All of his paintings are presented and interpreted in depth, with The Annunciation and The Last Supper featured on double-spreads. The second half of the book comprises a catalogue raisonne of Leonardo's paintings. It covers all his surviving and lost painted works and includes texts describing their states of preservation. Each and every painting that can be justifiably attributed to Leonardo is included here; thanks to new findings and scientific research, this is the first time his definitive painting oeuvre is being published. Together with the volume on Leonardo's Graphic Work in our Bibliotheca universalis the complete work of Leonardo is brought to the reader. About the series: Bibliotheca Universalis-- Compact cultural companions celebrating the eclectic TASCHEN universe at an unbeatable, democratic price!Since we started our work as cultural archaeologists in 1980, the name TASCHEN has become synonymous with accessible, open-minded publishing. Bibliotheca Universalis brings together nearly 100 of our all-time favorite titles in a neat new format so you can curate your own affordable library of art, anthropology, and aphrodisia.Bookworm's delight -- never bore, always excite!