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Treatise on Painting Facsimile Edition

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The celebrated Treatise on Painting by Leonardo is rightly defined by Kenneth Clark as ‘the most important document in the entire history of art’. It was compiled by the most faithful of Leonardo’s pupils, Francesco Melzi, following the maestro’s editorial instructions with the copies of texts and drawings made directly from the originals, most of which are now lost. The work was first published in an abbreviated version in Paris in 1651 with illustrations by Poussin.

We have 1 facsimile edition of the manuscript "Treatise on Painting": Il Libro di Pittura facsimile edition, published by Giunti Editore, 1995

Il Libro di Pittura

Florence: Giunti Editore, 1995

  • Commentary (Italian) by Pedretti, C.; Vecce, C.
  • Limited Edition: 998 copies
  • This facsimile is complete (full-size color reproduction of the whole original document).
The archetype codex is presented here for the first time in a complete facsimile edition, with the original colours, and sub-divided into eight sections for a total of 336 sheets (672 pages). In addition to the facsimile, there is a text volume containing an introduction, transcriptions, and a critical apparatus that sums up three cen turies of studies on Leonardo’s celebrated "Treatise on Painting", here restored to its original title Libro di Pittura (‘Book on Painting’), as intended by the author himself. A Leather-covered box (size 250 x 360 mm) with gold tooling contains the facsimile and a 544-page volume of text (both volumes 158 x 219 mm size).

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