Leonardo da Vinci: The Graphic Work
by Frank Zöllner & Johannes Nathan (Published by Taschen and distributed in NZ by New Holland. $39:99)
Reviewed by Nikki Slade Robinson
It is enough to merely say his first name, Leonardo, for most people to know who you are talking about. One of the greats in the art world is celebrated in this release from Taschen. Academics Johannes Nathan and Frank Zöllner have gathered together an impressive array of Leonardo da Vinci’s works in this publication. In fact, there are over 600 full colour reproductions here.
The breadth of da Vinci’s work is incredible: from animals to weaponry, architecture to fabric, maps to botany. The works have been divided into themes such as Proportion Drawings, Anatomical Drawings and Drawings of Maps and Plans. Each section begins with a short essay. These essays give background, context and insight into each group of work. The writing is fairly academic but accessible enough for non-art historians like me … however I must admit, I do not want to see the word ‘oeuvre’ again for a long time! Following the essays are a plentiful number of images, and the accompanying captions give title, media used, size and details as to the collection the work belongs to.