Paris, École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts
Paris, Fondation Custodia, Collection Frits Lugt
Paris, Institut Néerlandais
Bayonne, Musée Bonnat
Rennes, Musée des Beaux-Arts
Paris, Musée du Louvre

Drawings by Leonardo da Vinci and His Circle - French Public Collections (Collection) Facsimile Edition

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The Département des Arts Graphiques near the Musée du Louvre in Paris guards probably the most important collection of drawings of Leonardo and his circle in Europe after the one preserved in the Royal Library in Windsor. Together with the other French collections, the Louvre one offers an irreplaceable panning of the graphics of Leonardo, of which he underlines techniques and stylistic changes: from the first drawings with brush, realized on thin cloths of flax, remembered by Vasari, to the drawings with pen and ink referring to the Adorazione dei Magi and to the Madonnas of his first maturity, to the dawings in red pencil of the first Milanese period, up to the very famous drawing called Ritratto di Isabella d’Este and to the studies for the Sant'Anna.

Techniques that are reflected in the sketches of the first students and the followers – not only lombardi – of the maestro (Giovanni Ambrogio de' Predis, Giovanni Antonio Boltraffio, Giovanni Agostino da Lodi, Bernardino Luini, Cesare da Sesto, Giampietrino and more). This imposing graphic corpus (around forty original drawings of Leonardo, other fifty school drawings and a selection of copies from the paintings of Leonardo, for a total of 114 numbers), not only represents a review of exceptional importance for the study of the graphic corpus of Leonardo, but also of its reflexes in the northern art between 1400 and 1600.

We have 1 facsimile edition of the manuscript "Drawings by Leonardo da Vinci and His Circle - French Public Collections (Collection)": I disegni di Leonardo da Vinci e della sua cerchia - Collezioni pubbliche di Francia facsimile edition, published by Giunti Editore, 2008

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I disegni di Leonardo da Vinci e della sua cerchia - Collezioni pubbliche di Francia

Florence: Giunti Editore, 2008

  • Commentary (Italian) by Marani, Pietro C.; Van Tuyll, Karel; Viatte, Françoise
  • Limited Edition: 998 copies
  • Collection: a selection of documents associated by a common thread and collected by the publisher in a single edition.

Leather-covered box (size 335 x 488 mm) with gold tooling, containing 114 plates with facsimile reproductions of the drawings, a 280-page text printed on handmade paper and bound in Fabriano paper.

The occasion has been useful to introduce drawings that have never been published before and to verify ancient or traditional attributions, formulating new ones. The volume attached to the facsimiles, edited by Pietro C. Marani, contains, apart from the presentations of the Manager of the Département des Arts Graphiques of the Louvre, Karel van Tuyll and of Françoise Viatte, an exhaustive introduction, the catalogue of drawings, a big repertoire of illustrations for comparison, the bibliography and the tables of agreement.

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