The Life of Leonardo da Vinci



ISBN: 9780500239858 Category:

Giorgio Vasari


Giorgio Vasari’s Lives of the Most Famous Painters, Sculptors and Architects (1550 and 1569) is a classic of cultural history. A monumental assembly of artists’ lives from Giotto to Michelangelo, it paints a vivid picture of the progress of art in the hands of individual masters. No Life is more vivid than that of Leonardo, a near-contemporary of Vasari – not even Vasari’s account of Michelangelo, whom he knew and idolized.

This beautiful edition offers a literary translation that respects the 16th-century Italian, transposing Vasari’s vocabulary into its modern equivalent. Martin Kemp is an eminent scholar, who has written on the vocabulary of Renaissance writings on art, and has co-translated Leonardo on Painting and Leonardo’s Codex Leicester. Translated in partnership with Lucy Russell, the text will be the first to cover both the 1550 edition and the expanded version of 1568, and the first to integrate the texts of the two editions on the page. Discreet endnotes will provide succinct comments in the light of modern knowledge of Leonardo’s career.

Illustrated with all the works of art discussed by Vasari and a selection of Leonardo’s studies of science and technology, this will be the perfect accompaniment to Leonardo’s 500th anniversary celebrations.

Additional information

Weight 314 g
Dimensions 14.2 x 19.1 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 31 January 2019
Number of pages 128
Format Hardback
Contributors Edited by Martin Kemp
Dimensions 14.2 x 19.1 cm
Weight 314 g


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Martin Kemp is professor emeritus of the history of art at Oxford University