The eyes of the Gioconda. The genius of Leonardo told by Monna Lisa

An absolute masterpiece as the Gioconda is not just a picture to admire fascinated by the eyes that seem live and from the magic of the smile. In reality it is a journey into the mind and emotions of Leonardo. And a door that opens up on a place and an unforgettable age: Florence (but also Milan, Rome, Mantua, Urbino) and the Renaissance. Already from the nineteenth century and until today, it was said and written very much about Leonardo and on Monna Lisa, an artist and a portrait on which you always have the impression of not knowing enough. To get to know both and reveal the eternal charm, Alberto Angela has chosen a completely new key: he lets the Gioconda to "tell us" Leonardo, the genius who could think of it and realize. Starting from every detail of the painting and reconstructing the circumstances in which Leonardo painted him, we discover so that the face of the Gioconda, very polished by the gradient, has no eyelashes or eyebrows (an important detail in history narrated in these pages). Or that her dress has a lot to tell us about the fashion of time, but also on the habits and the economy of the beginning of the beginning of the sixteenth century. Or, again, that her hands would not be possible without in-depth and surprising anatomy studies. Or that the secret of the landscape must be sought in the new type of "aerial" perspective, designed by Leonardo. The Gioconda can tell us these and many other things about her author of her. Preface of Carlo Pedretti.

  • Author: Alberto Angela
  • Format: Paperback, 14 x 21.5 cm
  • Pages: 348
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Necklace: Vintage
  • Year: 2017

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