Horses and Other Animals. Windsor Castle, Royal Library

PREZZO : EUR 6.000,00€
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Horses and Other Animals. Windsor Castle, Royal Library

PREZZO : EUR 6.000,00€


Author: Edited by:




Half leather-bound box (size 330 x 480 mm) with gold tooling, containing 85 plates with facsimile reproductions of 91
drawings, recto and verso, and a 232-page volume of text bound in half leather with gold tooling on the spine.

Original English edition published by Johnson Reprint Corporation, New York, in 350 copies hand-numbered, for the whole world.


Publisher's description:
This unprecedented editorial project began in 1964.
That year, after a careful and rigorous evaluation by the academic community, a decree by the President of the Italian Republic awarded the management and facsimile reproduction of all the works by Leonardo da Vinci to the Florentine publisher, Giunti.
For the first and only time, the owners of the works by Leonardo throughout the world gave their consent to directly access the originals for this official reproduction.
State-of-the-art techniques combined with extraordinary workmanship made it possible to reproduce faithfully and reunite the originals in the only facsimile edition in the world.
The amazing, monumental collection entitled National Edition of the Manuscripts and Drawings by Leonardo da Vinci presented here in came about in this manner.
Only 998 copies of each facsimile work, hand numbered from 1/998 to 998/998, are available worldwide. Each facsimile is accompanied by a Certificate of Guarantee attesting to its originality and unique character, along with a signed Notarised Certificate.
Over the years facsimiles have been acquired by public and private, national and international collections and, like the originals, they have been jealously guarded, to such an extent that today only a few exemplars are still available.
Executed in several different media, the 91 drawings in this series broadly – and sometimes whimsically – cover the animal kingdom, including studies of dogs, cats, oxen and asses, as well as grotesque animals and dragons. This edition, however, is aimed at conveying the particular fascination that horses have always held for Leonardo. The facsimiles of the drawings in Windsor are supplemented by a volume of fully illustrated texts bringing together almost all Leonardo's other references to this topic. In about 1630, the bulk of what remained from Leonardo's original studies on the horse entered the collection of Charles I of England. That extraordinary collection became known to scholars when the first exhibition of a selection of the drawings was organised in London in 1878. At the turn of the century, the first facsimiles began to appear, but it was only in 1935 that Kenneth Clark published his definitive catalogue of the entire Leonardo collection at Windsor Castle.
The catalogue, edited by Carlo Pedretti, places each drawing within the context of Leonardo's work, and analyses their method of execution in detail.

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