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The Da Vinci Women: The Untold Feminist Power of Leonardo's Art

The Da Vinci Women: The Untold Feminist Power of Leonardo's Art (Hardback)

By Vahland, Kia

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This new biographical look at Leonardo da Vinci explores the Renaissance master's groundbreaking feminist portrayal of women which forever changed the way the female form is depicted. Leonardo da Vinci was a revolutionary thinker, artist, and inventor who has been written about a...nd celebrated for centuries. Lesser known, however, is his revolutionary and empowering portrayal of the modern female centuries before the first women's liberation movements. The Da Vinci Muses is a biography of Leonardo through the lens of the real and painted women in his life. Before da Vinci, portraits of women were still, impersonal, and mostly shown in profile. Leonardo pushed the boundaries of female depiction having several of his female subjects, including his Mona Lisa, gaze at the viewer, giving them an authority which was withheld from women at the time Art historian and journalist Kia Vahland recounts Leonardo's entire life from April 15, 1452, as a child born out of wedlock in Vinci up through his death on May 2, 1519, in the French castle of von Cloux. Included throughout are 80 sketches and paintings showcasing Leonardo's approach to the female form (including anatomical sketches of birth) as well as examples from other artists from the 15th and 16th centuries. Vahland explains how artists like Raphael, Giovanni Bellini, and the young Titan were influenced by da Vinci's women while Michelangelo, da Vinci's main rival, created masculine images of woman that counters Leonardo's depictions.
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ISBN 9780762496433
Released NZ 28 Apr 2020
Publisher Running Press
Format Hardback
Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks

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ISBN-13 9780762496433
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher Running Press
Imprint Running Press Adult
Released 28 Apr 2020
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Vahland, Kia
Category Renaissance art
Number of Pages 304
Dimensions Width: 158mm
Height: 206mm
Spine: 36mm
Dewey Code 759.5
Weight 500g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Women in art
NBS Text Fine Arts / Art History
ONIX Text General/trade