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Range, depth and sophistication: Leonardo’s drawings

— September 2015

Article read level: Art lover

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Leonardo da Vinci, Head of Leda, c. 1505–1510 © Windsor Castle, Royal Library

‘It is in the drawings that Leonardo’s real genius resides’, says Alexander Adams, and Taschen's new book displays them to advantage

Leonardo da Vinci: The Graphic Work by Johannes Nathan and Frank Zöllner


Despite his stellar reputation, paintings by Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519) often disappoint. Anyone viewing the exaggerated features of Virgin and Child with St Anne and St John (c.1510) and the frankly repellent St John (c.1508) cannot help wondering how Leonardo was ever acclaimed so highly. The master’s good paintings are few and early....

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